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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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:


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

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #3

Seems that there was some kind of network 'hickup'

Err maverick/main libclamav6 i386 0.97.2+dfsg-1ubuntu1~maverick1~ppa1
  Something wicked happened resolving '' (-5 - No address associated with hostname)
Get:11 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?

Norton is the best antivirus for your system. I train a diffusion of lessons for senior citizens which includes laptop safety.
inside the not so awesome beyond, I had very sturdy evaluations on what's the fine antivirus program to use. Visit:

In your opinion. There is no singular best.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #7

It seems to me that the page that is linked in comment #5 is misusing the name of Norton antivirus for their own benefits.

Disclaimer: <web address removed> is an independent support service provider for many third party products and services. We are providing services for all antivirus products. Any use of Brands, Trademarks, Products, and services are only referential. <web address removed> has no partnership with any of the third-party. The provided information and services may also available on the owner websites.

Why would anbody want to use such service instead of the genuine Norton services?

Why should anybody enter his license key and personal data on a web page without knowing what that web page is doing with it?

What's the difference between such activity and phishing?

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