Though it’s true that Ubuntu, and Linux and general are rarely affected by viruses due Microsoft and Apple having the market share of the computing world, it’s still a good idea to have some sort of anti-virus on your system. So, keep reading to learn about 5 of the most popular anti-virus packages that are compatible with Ubuntu.
1.) Clam AV
Clam AV is the tried and true anti-virus solution for many a Ubuntu, Mint, and KUbuntu user. It is free and open source, and has a high level of detection without the false positives thanks to it’s sophisticated heurestics engine. It’s also freely available for installation via aptitude, and can be installed by running the following. The first package is the actual scanning engine, and the clamtk portion is the GUI for ClamAV.
Bitdefender is also relatively popular amongst the Ubuntu and Debian communities in particular. It is free for personal use, but if you want to use it in a commercial setting there’s an annual maintenance fee. It features excellent real-time scanning capabilities and features, and is known for it’s speed and low false positive detection levels. You can read more about BitDefender here and see if it’s a good fit for your needs.
Avast is a great anti-virus platform in my opinion, and is easily one of my favorites on the list. They’ve also made significant enhancements to their paid offerings, including a whole suite of security based offerings besides strictly anti-virus. Avast also has arguably some of the best scanning times and detection methods, at least for this year. Anti-virus companies are constantly performing a game of musical chairs for the top contender in the anti-virus market, and this tends to change on an annual basis as attack methods adopt and evolve.
4.) AVG Free
AVG is a pretty standard anti-virus solution, but has an extremely large user base for some reason. AVG is currently protecting over 20 million users on Linux and Microsoft platforms, which is pretty impressive. That being said, I’ve had good experiences with AVG in the past and haven’t had any system infections while using it, but it’s been awhile. Definitely worth checking out though! To install it simply, simply run the command from terminal :
5.) F-Prot Anti-Virus
While not the most popular or full featured anti-virus package on this list, it still does an excellent job of getting the job done, and has many loyal fans and followers that swear by it’s effectiveness. A company I used to work for used it exclusively on their public facing servers, and we didn’t have a problem with viruses the entire time I was there. The only downside to F-Prot for newer users is that you have to download the regular tar.gz and make the installer manually, but it’s not too difficult as long as you’re resourceful and can use Google ;)
And there you have it – the Top 5 Anti-Virus packages for Ubuntu and Mint based on user count.
What are you guys using for Anti-Virus on Linux? Let us know!