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Protection Software

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As a slowly converting Windows user that has relied upon Kaspersky's protection for years, before I start to use Mint for more personal activities I would like to ask if there are comparable packages available for Linux.....Obviously I have the Firewall activated, and I know that Linux is not normally targeted by the people that blight Windows users, but I would like just to make sure.
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The general consensus is that most of us don't use antivirus software. It is available if you really want it.

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You don't need it. What's more, antivirus software even *decreases* your security.

You might find this article interesting, that I've written about security in Linux Mint:
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never used antivirus on linux
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You are better off without. Relax, you're using Linux now!
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Re: Protection Software

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Hi "bally1001",

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux Mint and its excellent forum !

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

"Kaspersky" has a really nice bootable "rescue disc" for anti-virus and anti-malware that you can easily download and make a CD/DVD from. There are other bootable rescue discs as well. You can boot to that to scan your drive(s) and their partition(s) to make sure there are no bad files from the MS Windows system, etc... Afterwards, you can then boot to that and run it whenever you want, or feel the need to.

There are other really good posts on this topic in this forum already, just search for them.

Need for an antivirus.?
viewtopic.php?f=90&t=238726&hilit=maldetect


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OK, many thanks for that....I use Mint on a separate laptop (old W7), so I'll go with the consensus and leave things be.
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You can use an application like 'rkhunter' to check for worms/rootkit virusses ...
But even when you will check it, you will notice that your system is completely safe ...
NO need of antivirus or whatever, just enable the firewall (ufw / gufw) and everything is ok !

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Re: Protection Software

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bally1001 wrote:As a slowly converting Windows user that has relied upon Kaspersky's protection for years, before I start to use Mint for more personal activities I would like to ask if there are comparable packages available for Linux.....Obviously I have the Firewall activated, and I know that Linux is not normally targeted by the people that blight Windows users, but I would like just to make sure.
Anti-virus applications are not needed and you'll only encounter problems like viewtopic.php?f=46&t=252986&p=1371435#p1371393
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bally1001 wrote:As a slowly converting Windows user that has relied upon Kaspersky's protection for years, before I start to use Mint for more personal activities I would like to ask if there are comparable packages available for Linux.....Obviously I have the Firewall activated, and I know that Linux is not normally targeted by the people that blight Windows users, but I would like just to make sure.
It doesn't matter how popular Linux becomes, or how many people target it, Linux is designed much differently than Windows and is more secure because of its design.

Guess how many Linux viruses there are out in the wild.. zero. There aren't any because it's pretty much a waste of time to write a Linux virus. Here's why:

In Linux, you could download every computer virus on the planet. During the download, your Linux system removes the execute flag from the binary. In order to run a computer virus, the user has to manually toggle that execute flag back on. After that execute flag is is toggled back on, the user must manually run (execute) the file. The fact that a user has to go through that much trouble just to run a file is exactly why it's a waste of time to write viruses for Linux.

And, even if a Linux user did run every computer virus on the planet and they would only damage the user's home directory.. they wouldn't touch the rest of the system because root privileges are needed. Thus, the damage could be repaired within minutes (you are making consistent backups, aren't you?). This is one of the reasons we never run the system as root user all the time.

Windows, on the other hand, is a wide open target that Microsoft has continually crippled in the name of interoperability. So, yes, you need protection because the people who design Windows either don't understand computer security or they simply don't care.

We can either have highly secure, or highly convenient. We cannot have both because those two items are two opposite ends of computers. Linux leans more toward security - which is why there is such a steep learning curve with Linux. Windows, on the other hand, leans more toward convenience - which is why it's such an easy target for the bad guys.
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Remember though, just because you don't need AV software that ddoes not mean you can't be hacked. You still need a strong password, and accept that you'll have to enter it often. Indeed that's one of the biggest reasons there aren't Linux viruses.
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Hoser Rob wrote:Remember though, just because you don't need AV software that ddoes not mean you can't be hacked. You still need a strong password, and accept that you'll have to enter it often. Indeed that's one of the biggest reasons there aren't Linux viruses.
True. It also helps to keep in mind that the user is often the weakest link in the security chain.. common sense can be quite helpful.
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The next "antivirus" works always. :wink:
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When I was running Windoze...I had all sorts of Anti-Virus software...some on the Desktop and several Anti-Virus rescue Disks.

Every now and then I'd run them all because Windoze is the worst OS when it comes to security and the fear of getting infected was always there as Microsoft doesn't give a stuff...but this is not Windoze...thank God for that. :D

The fact that you don't need Anti-Virus software is just one of the many advantages Linux Mint has to offer...go Mint. 8)
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Re: Protection Software

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Going on four years. No anti-virus software. Just a Cisco router/firewall. No problems at all...
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