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Monday, January 19, 2009

antivirus for grml / debian / ubuntu linux / LiveCD

yeah i never use antivirus for my linux desktop.

but i always carry grml in my usb flash to clean up friends/family's dusty, infected windows. i used to use puppy linux with antivirus for this. but i'm tired keep downloading and reinstalling stuffs. with grml, all i need is aptitude upgrade to get the latest updated version.

there are many good antivirus for linux. the ones i choose are f-prot and avast. the main reason i choose these are for their size. others antivirus usually at least twice as large.

for f-prot, i also use xfprot for the gui.

xfprot + fprot installation:
#get .deb packages from http://web.tiscali.it/sharp/xfprot/
sudo gdebi xfprot_2.0-1_lenny_hardy_i386.deb
wget http://files.f-prot.com/files/unix-trial/fp-Linux-i686-ws.tar.gz
sudo tar zxvf fp-Linux-i686-ws.tar.gz -C /opt
cd /opt/f-prot
sudo ./install-f-prot.pl
#accept all defaults and installed

avast installation even easier:
wget  http://files.avast.com/files/linux/avast4workstation_1.3.0-2_i386.deb
sudo gdebi  avast4workstation_1.3.0-2_i386.deb

that's all i need and enough for me.
in case it's not enough for you, there are many other options:

clamav + gui

sudo aptitude install clamtk

# download latest from http://free.avg.com/download?prd=afl
wget http://www.avg.com/filedir/inst/avg75fld-r51-a1243.i386.deb
sudo gdebi avg75fld-r51-a1243.i386.deb


avira see http://www.free-av.com/en/download/download_servers.php

panda antivirus, see http://www.pandasoftware.com/download/linux/descarga.asp

i put them on grml usb installation.
but... if you want instant solution, you can download, burn and use antivirus livecd from these vendors:
oot. windows based:
so... it's all up to you.
download and burn another cd everytime you need them?
or install it to usb flash drive and update them when needed....

which path you take...???

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can a mac get a virus said...

Antivirus software is an advantage for a computer to protect
it from harm. It would be a benefit for you to have antivirus software, so that
it might help you protect such documents and other files.

computer repair forsyth ga said...

Well, indeed these are very important, most especially when someone accidentally deleted the files. This will be a way for you to recover the files.