Top 5 Anti virus for Ubuntu

Generally Ubuntu Linux is hardly effected by virus and the reason is its structure and strong community support, any loopholes are worked immediately. For every new virus, its solution is out within two hours thus preventing it to do any further damage. Linux antivirus are also effective against the Windows virus and they are removed if they enter your systems through external hard drive, internet etc.

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Top 5 Ubuntu Linux antivirus I recommend are:

1. ClamAV Antivirus 
ClamAV is the most popular open source anti-virus software and it is available for both Ubuntu and Kubuntu. Its GUI interface is called Clamtk.
It can be install from the software center or in terminal type
$sudo apt-get install clamav clamtk

2. Free Avast Linux Home Edition
This is Free version of popular proprietary Antivirus Avast. It requires online  registration for 1 year use. It is not available for commercial use.
Download Avast Linux Home Edition and register here. Once you install it and run for the first time, you will be asked for the key.

3. AVG Antivirus 
This is another free antivirus available for Ubuntu. Download it here. AVG has over 110 million users. Once you install it, you need to start AVG with super user privileges. To do so open the terminal and type
$sudo avggui

4. F-PROT Antivirus 
It is available for all Linux workstations and has to installed from from .tar file. Download F-PROT. To install follow these steps:
     -> Extract the tar file.
     -> Open terminal and change drive to the extracted folder.
     -> Type sudo ./install and press Y to continue.
     -> Press Y for all other prompts and Enter.

5. BitDefender

It is another proprietary antivirus software available for Ubuntu for non-commercial use.
You have to add the repository.
System - Administration - Software Sources, click on the 'Other Software' (previously 'Third Party Software') tab. Now click on 'Add' and enter
deb bitdefender non-free  

Close and press Reload button.In terminal paste  the following command.
$sudo apt-key add bd.key.asc
To install the GUI type the following command in terminal.
$sudo apt-get install bitdefender-scanner-gui

Now access it from Applications ->System Tools -> BitDefender Scanner.

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Bitdefender works perfectly in Ubuntu 12.04 x64. It installs cleanly and the gui shortcut appears in the menu after a system restart. Updating and scanning works ok.

Avast was not allowed to be installed by the ubuntu software center, due to lacking conformity to strict debian packaging policy.

I couldn't find how to start the gui for avg. The command line and update worked.

Also tried avira, but could not find out how to start it.

My bank uses Linux and they also use AVG, so naturally, I use AVG anti-virus :D

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Are all/any of these active after installation? I.E. running a service for real time monitoring.

The rule of thumb in Windows is only one AV package at a time. I would like to know if I can trial more than one of these at a time.

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I've installed BitDefender antivirus. when i open, there is an error "Loading the antivirus engines, Please wait"

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Tried to install BitDefender using instructions above. Everything worked up until installing the GUI. Terminal said it could not locate package bitdefender-scanner-gui.

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Quick Heal is also a very good antivirus . I think even better than avast and bitdefender
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Linux is commonly known as the virus-free operating system. Because the common virus system is created to run on windows operating system which has no function when opened on Linux.

Great thread and currently running ClamAV as I type.
So far it's found 89 "Threats" and it hasn't finished running yet.

I haven't installed because I'm worried about this machine because as yet we don't appear to be a target for people who make viruses... I'm doing it because I don't want to send something to a friend who's running a Windows OS and they have no protection.

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I have been using AVG Antivirus since I got my computer few years ago. I have never experienced having problems with virus infecting my system. You just need to update it every now and then to ensure security. Thanks for sharing.

Linux is commonly known as the virus-free operating system. Because the common virus system is created to run on windows operating system which has no function when opened on Linux.

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well now... avast and avg both crashed on my laptop, and also on my sisters PC running windows SO I wouldn't touch either with someone else's computer.

So I'd use Clam with its GUI
Comodo Anti-virus on Ultimate Edition Linux, as I do on my Win7 side of my dual boot.
And it is working great on Mint 16 on a usb stick as a trial distro to maybe replace UE, someday? Or just Tri-boot.
Thanks again.

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Add the following line to the /etc/apt/sources.list file:
deb bitdefender non-free

and then run:
sudo atp-get update
sudo apt-get install ...

Do not know why, but I tried to post this before and it has been long enough for it to show up here.

I tried installing Avast as Avast is my preference when I am forced to use WinSnore.
took a look at the others too, but decided on one which is not in the above list, and that is Comodo. Comodo also has a pretty decent GUI. Has both 32-bit and 64-bit. Ran it, am very satisfied with it's performance.

It is the second list ( first was that have given me an insight about the best available antivirus software. I just wanna know which is the best option to go with - a free version or paid?

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Today, security is my 1st order and your AVware recommendations have led me to look up Avast and others. As an example: I've just gone to Avast to download the install file. 1st checked the FAQ for which file to D/L and how to install it. At this URLlink: you will see this is nowhere as easy as a Windows PC to do. Last time I had to command line an AV install was 2004 on Win98 when I used the DOS version of FPROT to run a pre Win98 loadup scan on an infected machine.

In Mac or Win, it's maybe 6 mouse clicks, download to finish and restart. As your article states, ALL the Linux AVware are command line install. This sort of gymnastics is a MAJOR stumbling block for Linux acceptance by the home user and why Linux has maybe 1% installed representation. Perhaps you should enlighten us, the non-Linux cognicenti, about why Linux AVware installation is BUILT to be difficult vis a vis Windows-Mac conventions.

I want to enjoy my PC and Linux, not slide back into the DOS-UNIX command cave if at all possible. Cars don't have cranks any more to start them. Metaphorically, why must most Linux installs?? My experiences will get passed on to others trying to leave the Win-Mac world. Thank you!

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