Need antivirus software

Asked by Muhammad Umar Ibrahim on 2011-08-10

Is there any free antivirus software for ubuntu which have real time scanner? I mean which automatically scans files when writing, scans documents when opening, scans data when copying from cd or flash disk for windows viruses or threats. Which monitors web and network activity.
I know it is not necessary to have antivirus in ubuntu but I share lot of data whith windows users .
Plz tell me about the best antivirus

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2011-08-11
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2011-08-11

Sure. I personally recommend you use clamav.You can install it with:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-clamav/ppa; sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install clamav-daemon clamtk; sudo freshclam

The PPA has later versions of definitions and engine. You can manually scan the partitions with Clamtk. There is no 'best' antivirus for Ubuntu, or for ANY OS. The files you use will be scanned with a daemon so will be sligtly slower but not much. In Linux there is actually no need for AV unless you are running a mail server or a file server with Windows clients. I suggest you read this:

http://librenix.com/?inode=21

HTH

Having trouble installing clamav
this is what happened when i tried to install clamav

http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/663106/

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #3

Seems that there was some kind of network 'hickup'

"...
Err http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-clamav/ppa/ubuntu/ maverick/main libclamav6 i386 0.97.2+dfsg-1ubuntu1~maverick1~ppa1
  Something wicked happened resolving 'ppa.launchpad.net:http' (-5 - No address associated with hostname)
...
Get:11 http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-clamav/ppa/ubuntu/ maverick/main clamav-base all 0.97.2+dfsg-1ubuntu1~maverick1~ppa1 [30.3MB]"

If you try again, what is the output?

Do you have other PPAs enabled?

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