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« on: April 03, 2010, 07:05:12 PM »
I started using Ubuntu 9.10.  :P

Do I really need to use an Anti-Virus?

And can you suggest some security softwares?
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Re: Do I really need an Anti-Virus for Ubuntu?
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2010, 07:14:45 PM »
Do I really need to use an Anti-Virus?

Yes, imo... It isn't attacked that much, but if only one bad thing gets trough...
Sorry, can't advice a good av for linux, others are more into it...
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Re: Do I really need an Anti-Virus for Ubuntu?
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2010, 08:00:37 PM »
I started using Ubuntu 9.10.  :P

Do I really need to use an Anti-Virus?

And can you suggest some security softwares?

No.

No.
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Re: Do I really need an Anti-Virus for Ubuntu?
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2010, 08:03:03 PM »
I started using Ubuntu 9.10.  :P

Do I really need to use an Anti-Virus?

And can you suggest some security softwares?

No.

No.

No OS is perfect so if you want to gamble while your online, go ahead and take Franks advice.
It's your system not mine.  :(

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Re: Do I really need an Anti-Virus for Ubuntu?
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2010, 08:23:35 PM »
I started using Ubuntu 9.10.  :P

Do I really need to use an Anti-Virus?

And can you suggest some security softwares?

No.

No.

No OS is perfect so if you want to gamble while your online, go ahead and take Franks advice.
It's your system not mine.  :(


In two and a half years of using Linux, I've never even seen a Linux virus.

My advice is based on that fact. Bob's comment seems to be based on.... personal animosity.

So, as usual, up yours Bob.
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Re: Do I really need an Anti-Virus for Ubuntu?
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2010, 09:06:21 PM »
And can you suggest some security softwares?
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Re: Do I really need an Anti-Virus for Ubuntu?
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2010, 09:07:21 PM »
Bob, for anyone knowing something about Linux , it is obvious that Frank is right ;D so...

I started using Ubuntu 9.10.  :P

Do I really need to use an Anti-Virus?

And can you suggest some security softwares?

No.

No.

exactly, NO, and NO.

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Re: Do I really need an Anti-Virus for Ubuntu?
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2010, 09:27:56 PM »
I started using Ubuntu 9.10.  :P

Do I really need to use an Anti-Virus?

And can you suggest some security softwares?

No.

No.

No OS is perfect so if you want to gamble while your online, go ahead and take Franks advice.
It's your system not mine.  :(


In two and a half years of using Linux, I've never even seen a Linux virus.

My advice is based on that fact. Bob's comment seems to be based on.... personal animosity.

So, as usual, up yours Bob.
The only person suffering from a personal animosity problem seem to be you.  :(
My answer still stands.
Chris, it's your system and your security. You are the one who has to make the decision.  :)
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Re: Do I really need an Anti-Virus for Ubuntu?
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2010, 09:41:47 PM »
exactly, NO, and NO.

Well, again... not quite true. ;D
So, as nobody likes the long versions, above...
...here's a short one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_malware
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Re: Do I really need an Anti-Virus for Ubuntu?
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2010, 09:49:00 PM »
And even if the virus will not effect your OS, you have this.......so you can recive and forward virus if not stopped in your computer


Cross-platform viruses
A new area of concern identified in 2007 is that of cross-platform viruses, driven by the popularity of cross-platform applications. This was brought to the forefront of malware awareness by the distribution of an Openoffice.org virus called Bad Bunny.

Stuart Smith of Symantec wrote the following:

"What makes this virus worth mentioning is that it illustrates how easily scripting platforms, extensibility, plug-ins, ActiveX, etc, can be abused. All too often, this is forgotten in the pursuit to match features with another vendor... [T]he ability for malware to survive in a cross-platform, cross-application environment has particular relevance as more and more malware is pushed out via Web sites. How long until someone uses something like this to drop a JavaScript infector on a Web server, regardless of platform?"[6]
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Re: Do I really need an Anti-Virus for Ubuntu?
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2010, 09:59:37 PM »
Thanx Pondus, at least someone reads my links... :D
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Re: Do I really need an Anti-Virus for Ubuntu?
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2010, 10:09:41 PM »
exactly, NO, and NO.

Well, again... not quite true. ;D
So, as nobody likes the long versions, above...
...here's a short one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_malware
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In December 2009 a malicious waterfall screensaver was discovered that contained a script that used the infected Linux PC in denial-of-service attacks.[7]

I remember the story.

What do you think is the chance that any of the AV companies would have detected this malicious script for the few hours it remained on the download site? I'd say nil.

What is the advantage in having an installed AV (which is probably on demand only) if you can send a suspicious file to VirusTotal and have it checked by all of the AV engines?
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Re: Do I really need an Anti-Virus for Ubuntu?
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2010, 10:11:35 PM »
And even if the virus will not effect your OS, you have this.......so you can recive and forward virus if not stopped in your computer


Cross-platform viruses
A new area of concern identified in 2007 is that of cross-platform viruses, driven by the popularity of cross-platform applications. This was brought to the forefront of malware awareness by the distribution of an Openoffice.org virus called Bad Bunny.

Stuart Smith of Symantec wrote the following:

"What makes this virus worth mentioning is that it illustrates how easily scripting platforms, extensibility, plug-ins, ActiveX, etc, can be abused. All too often, this is forgotten in the pursuit to match features with another vendor... [T]he ability for malware to survive in a cross-platform, cross-application environment has particular relevance as more and more malware is pushed out via Web sites. How long until someone uses something like this to drop a JavaScript infector on a Web server, regardless of platform?"[6]


Symantec want to take your money? What a surprise!
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Re: Do I really need an Anti-Virus for Ubuntu?
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2010, 10:47:40 PM »
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Symantec want to take your money? What a surprise!
hmmm...maybe......and some use time, money and brainpower to make free antivirus for Linux ?