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Antivirus on Mint 7

Postby elvinkruger on Fri Jul 10, 2009 2:33 am

I'm planning on installing mint on my pc, but I'm unsure to what to expect, so I'm going for the dual boot option. I'm tired of Vista and would like to change completely to Mint 7 when I'm more confident with it.
Compatibility with some windows programs of mine is whats concerning me.

How does Antivrus like Nod32 work on Linux Mint ? if it does at all.
And what alternative is there should Nod32 not work.

Also I read that Wine can be used to run windows programs like MS Office 2007, but that there are graphical glitches ?
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Re: Antivirus on Mint 7

Postby DrHu on Fri Jul 10, 2009 3:55 am

elvinkruger wrote:Compatibility with some windows programs of mine is whats concerning me.
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Also I read that Wine can be used to run windows programs like MS Office 2007, but that there are graphical glitches ?

Which windows applications concern you?

First Linux doesn't really need anti-virus, anti-spyware or other windows support applications as it is not vulnerable to the same issues that affect windows users..
http://linux.com/news/software/applicat ... rus-needed

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NOD32
--looks to me that they have no Linux versions..

Companies offering products including linux..
http://www.avast.com/eng/avast-for-linux-server.html
http://www.kaspersky.com/anti-virus_linux_file_server
http://www.f-prot.com/products/home_use/linux/
http://www.sophos.com/products/enterpri ... 8.0/linux/
http://www.avg.com/product-avg-server-edition-for-linux

I read that Wine can be used to run windows programs like MS Office 2007,
http://frankscorner.org/
http://bordeauxgroup.com/press-release/bordeaux-1.8
link in Frank's corner..Bordeau group..
http://bordeauxgroup.com/press-release/bordeaux-1.8
--they added office 2007, the general winehq data indicates office 2007 didn't work; it costs you 20.00 to call them on this bet (the Bordeau Group..)

Wine can indeed run quite a few windows applications, if you need it; however there may be a better option
  • Consider Linux alternatives to windows applications
    http://www.linuxalt.com/
  • Virtualbox
    --install your windows OS into virtualbox and then the windows apps you need. the VM will bot install and boot quicker than windows if it was installed onto its own hard drive partition
  • Use wine
    --that is an option to run some windows applications
  • Use a commercial wine product
    --like Codeweavers/crossover office; perhaps offering better windows specific application support
    http://www.codeweavers.com/
  • multiboot the OS installation to include windows and Linux mint
    --sometimes called dual-boot; and boot into windows to use windows applications
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Re: Antivirus on Mint 7

Postby 2kemon on Fri Jul 10, 2009 3:59 am

I'm completely new to elvin - I just installed Mint the other day.
But what I understood from the answers to my similar questions, you don't really need an antivirus on you linux system.
I think it's mainly us "windozers" that think we do. ;)

I don't know if you're dependant on Microsoft office, but if your really thinking about switching completely in the future, I would try out some of the linux alternatives to Microsoft office. They are quite good, and can read/write MS office files, with only a few exceptions. Open Office(free) is installed by default, and I like something called Softmaker Office(pretty cheap).

Just my 2 cents - good luck with mint.
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Re: Antivirus on Mint 7

Postby lexon on Fri Jul 10, 2009 11:36 am

I have been using Linux for five years and have no anti virus applications. My Linux path is below. I use web based Yahoo email and Google web based email which have excellent anti virus for emails. That is probably the only way a virus might get through but not bother your Mint 7. You could probably end up sending the virus to someone in an email though. Others may comment on this email issue as I do not have that issue with protected email.

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Re: Antivirus on Mint 7

Postby Penguinclaw on Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:58 pm

If you need av then Bitdefender is a good one to consider:

http://www.bitdefender.com/PRODUCT-14-e ... ition.html

Of course this isn't open source free so you may want to try Clamav (Command line av available through repository) or Clamtk (Gui version of Clamav, again available through repos).

Again Linux is inherently much more secure than Windoze, thus doesn't really need anti-virus software... just keep all your software uptodate and you should be fine.
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Re: Antivirus on Mint 7

Postby Lantesh on Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:00 pm

A good piece of advice is don't install software from unknown/shady sources and you should be ok.
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Re: Antivirus on Mint 7

Postby shua on Sat Jul 11, 2009 12:26 am

and most problems that you think are from virus, i.e. screens not working, files not opening, not being able to turn on the computer, are usually a result of you doing something wrong.
hint: don't compile from source if you don't know what you're doing :?
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Re: Antivirus on Mint 7

Postby kandieyman on Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:15 pm

If you have a real concern with the integrity of files you download, that I would recommend nautlius-clamscan. It gives you a right-click option to scan the file or folder that you select. It is mostly unnecessary, but it if gives you piece of mind then I would recommend it. It is in the repos, so it will be one of the easiest to install.

Although, you didn't ask this, for firewall software, I recommend gufw. It is a graphical front-end for iptables. You set it up once, and forget about it.
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Re: Antivirus on Mint 7

Postby kandieyman on Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:17 pm

Gufw is also in the repos, incidentally.
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