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Which antivirus software on Linux is most popular?

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Not an exact answer but most Linux systems do not have (to use) anti-virus software. –  Roalt Sep 10 '10 at 6:13
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Be sure to understand, what kinds of threads are most dangerous to linux machines. Security differs from Windows (and Mac). A good starting point to read would maybe be en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_malware –  MaoPU Sep 10 '10 at 6:18

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  • The MOST popular one is Avast


  • These are the popular Anti-virus

1) AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

2) Avast! antivirus Home Edition

3) Panda Antivirus

4) Avira AntiVir Personal

5) Clam AntiVirus


  • The below image is a general overview of anti-virus in all platforms

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These aren't all for Linux though... –  starofale Sep 10 '10 at 9:57
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All the 5 anti-virus listed are for Linux I just googled once again and cross-checked. I have updated my answer with links –  subanki Sep 10 '10 at 10:07
    
I was talking about the pie chart, but I have just noticed that you said it was for all platforms - sorry if that was there before my first comment –  starofale Sep 10 '10 at 10:36
    
@starofale Its ok, by the way it was there before you commented –  subanki Sep 10 '10 at 10:43
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@Bobby After a quick Google search, Clam, avast and AVG have Linux virus databases, but don't know about others. By the way Linux has more Anti-virus that i haven't listed like Bit-Defender, Kaspersky etc. But they are not so famous in Linux world –  subanki Sep 10 '10 at 11:49

Probably ClamAV, but you don't need that for desktop usage. The typical reason ClamAV or other AV software gets installed to Linux/Unix is that someone needs to protect all those Windows boxes in the network -- ClamAV usually scans the file shares, e-mails and so on for Windows viruses.

If you're paranoid, you most likely want to scan your Ubuntu with chkrootkit and/or rkhunter instead, and setup AIDE or some other intrusion detection software. But for most of us that's really overkill (for now, at least).

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The biggest one is ClamAV.

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