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do I need antivirus program?

Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 12:27 am
by gychang
coming from windows, weekly antivirus, spyware, etc all necessary in L Mint?

if yes, which program?

thanks,

gychang

Re: do I need antivirus program?

Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 1:07 am
by Fred
gychang,

From a practical point of view the answer would be no. There have been a few viruses for Linux that have appeared from time to time and quickly disappeared. For a desktop Linux computer, your chances of getting struck by lightning are considerably higher than getting a virus.

I have been running a Linux desktop for over ten years and have never had a problem with a virus. This may change over time but as of today, you have nothing to fear from viruses.

Fred

Re: do I need antivirus program?

Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:52 am
by gychang
aahhh, great to be in the Linux camp, no need for virus!!,

thanks, much. Like LInuxMint more all the time, aside my printer and workspace switcher working.

gychang

Re: do I need antivirus program?

Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 2:04 pm
by AK Dave
I love it when some popup or ad slips through my defenses and proclaims to me that my system is virus infected, but that if I "click here" they'll fix it for me.