The only Linux antivirus! Steps to install ClamAV in Linux.

Many of the popular Windows antivirus programs have a Linux equivalent (F-Secure, Sophos, ESET NOD32, Comodo, F-PROT). But more often than not these do little more than scan for signatures of Windows viruses. This doesn’t mean they should be disregarded outright!

If you use Wine to run Windows programs then you could inadvertently use it to run Windows malware. Also, if you run an email server then it’s absolutely in your interests to scan incoming messages for Windows threats. Even if you don’t, maybe you’d rather know if that file you can’t remember downloading contains a Windows nasty, and maybe you’d feel safer scanning it from Linux.

Your desktop might not need it, but Linux has antivirus software too.

We’re going to look at what appears to be the only open source antivirus software, ClamAV.

Many popular Linux distributions include a nearly latest up-to-date version of ClamAV on repositories, or you can compile it yourself if you’re feeling brave enough. But generally speaking you’re also fine with an older version since it will still download up-to-date virus database definitions.

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Do I need An antivirus in linux?

Afraid to answer a bit background knowledge is necessary first.
Viruses hardly exists any more. Programs that infect other executables, overwrite parts of them and/or add new code to them is not how malware spreads nowadays in most cases. In windows that distinction is not really necessary, windows users use the term “virus” to describe every form of malware (and user error, sorry, couldn’t resist 😉 ). But in Linux that distinction is important as virus scanners in Linux do exactly what the name says…they scan for viruses. They don’t protect you against attacks from websites in any form. And on top of that they hardly even scan for Linux viruses…there are only very few proof-of-concept Linux viruses at all. And due to people never installing anything themselves but always packages provided by the distro through the package manager there is almost no attack surface for traditional viruses…no spreading of .exe saying they are the most fancy screensaver or similar. So the Linux virus scanners actually mostly scan for windows viruses, for example in a mail server scanning email attachments before delivering the mails.

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ATTN: Do not download #CryptoCoin Trader from #Sourceforge. Those who have ran the program on your PC, please format ASAP!

I spotted few mins ago that there is link to download a open source trading program call Cryptocoin trader. One anonymous user claimed that the source code is safe but i decided to run the precompiled exe on my VM to be sure. The program extracts qtbitcoin trader client and some suspicious executables (bridgemigplugin.exe, vbc.exe). … Read more ATTN: Do not download #CryptoCoin Trader from #Sourceforge. Those who have ran the program on your PC, please format ASAP!

WARNING: A fake electrum website with malware is advertising on duckduckgo and yahoo.

If you perform a search for electrum on duckduckgo or yahoo, an ad claiming to be electrum.org will be at the top.
In reality the ad links to:
electrum-bitcoin org
The domain was created December 21.
This site is nearly identical to electrum.org except the download links give different files. All three of the files that can be download are much smaller than the real electrum and are most likely malware.
The three files are:
electrum.exe – 91136 bytes
electrum.out – 60316 bytes
electrum.zip – 32478 bytes

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