Re: Antivirus suggested for Linux?

From: Erik de Castro Lopo (
Date: 01/11/03

From: Erik de Castro Lopo <>
Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2003 03:11:21 GMT

Brian Keener wrote:
> On all of my Windows-based desktops, I have anti-virus software installed.
> I have yet to see (in my limited Linux experience) suggestions to install any
> sort of anti-virus software for Linux.

Thats because there are close to zero virii that attack Linux.

> has an anti=virus
> product called Vexira available, but is this really necessary?

No. If you administer your machine in a sensible way this product
and others like it are unnecessary.

For you administration information needs see the Linux admin
guide available here:

Apart from that, it would be sensible to be on the security
update mailing list for you distribution and install security
updates as they become available.


  Erik de Castro Lopo (Yes it's valid)
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