Free Antivirus for Linux Operating System getting more visitor days to days, and I wonder when my shared server unable to support my website. To enable serve my website with high traffic, I require to host my website at dedicated server or Virtual Private Server, so called VPS.

linux freewareRecently I read an article regarding setup a dedicated server with using all freeware, using linux as operating system, apache as server side script, php programming language and mysql as database.

As Chinese people said, every thing ready, just leave east wind. To setup a dedicated server, I still require to prepare a Antivirus software, but which free antivirus for linux operating system can I use?

I have try to find out some free antivirus for linux, and found there are 5 free antivirus that we can install at linux operating system here

1. Panda Antivirus for Linux

panda desktop secureI am using panda antivirus back to 2002 when my 1st full time job at Resdaq Technology, which they are the authorize distributor for panda antivirus software. That moment, I get know Panda Free Online Scan, which can scan our computer instantly and free of charges.

Panda antivirus also come out a version for linux platform, you can download panda antivirus for linux here.

2. Avast! Linux Home Edition for Linux

Avast Linux Home EditionI never use before Avast! Just install for my customer before. I have not much experience over Avast Antivirus, but since it is free, should give it a try. You can download Avast Linux Home Edition here.

For this Antivirus, you require to register and get a valid license key to enable your software.

3. Clam AntiVirus for Linux

Clam AntiVirus is a open source antivirus (GPL) anti-virus toolkit for UNIX, it have 3rd party version for Linux, BSD, and win32.

Get your self Clam Antivirus here.

4. Avira AntiVir Personal for Linux

aviraAvira antivirus always give me a very special impression, the logo for this product are an umbrella. Which make me recall the movie of resident evil, the virus for that movie are related to an umbrella logo too.

Avira Antivirus Personal, support Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Solaris, you can download a copy of avira antivirus for linux here.

5. Avg Antivirus for Linux

AVGLast but not least, AVG antivirus is my favorites 😀 I am using this AVG antivirus all the while for all my windows platform PC.

AVG antivirus free edition for linux available to download here. It available for Debian based distributions for Debian and Ubuntu, RedHat based distributions for RedHat Linux and Fedora Core, SuSE based distributions for SuSE Linux and Novell Linux Desktop, also Mandriva based distributions for Mandrake Linux and Mandriva.

19 Responses to “Free Antivirus for Linux Operating System”

  1. yauhui March 16, 2009 at 6:54 pm #

    I dont think you can install AV on a web server unless you have physical access to the server itself…

  2. Jayce March 16, 2009 at 9:35 pm #

    Hmm… All the while, I thought linux platform is free from virus. Only Microsoft window got virus. 😛

  3. Kevin March 17, 2009 at 8:15 am #

    Hi, Calvyn.

    This is my first time comment at your blog.

    Good post. It can take me more into the server of website and the types of anti virus.

  4. shunz March 17, 2009 at 11:39 pm #

    linux no nid antivirus

  5. marc March 18, 2009 at 12:14 pm #

    hi nice blog…

  6. Pradeesh March 18, 2009 at 1:19 pm #

    clamav is the way to go , it plays well with most of the control panel and most of the e-mail programs such as sendmail pretty good !

  7. yauhui March 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm #

    @Calvyn: Anti-hack ok la but for server no need AV..

    @Jayce: Haha Mac also got virus la…

  8. calvyn March 19, 2009 at 8:41 am #

    yauhui >
    You are right. We are unable to access the web server if we are using share server.

    I able to install it if I setting up my own server which I have the full control over it

    Jayce > I think still have some bastard out there design virus just to target linux user 😛

    shunz > Are you sure?

  9. rolandyh March 21, 2009 at 1:10 pm #

    Hi Calvyn,

    For linux server, antivirus is not so important…i think you better focus on firewall safety….

    The biggest issue nowadays in server site is hacker….if you don’t have a good firewall, your site may easily be hacked and server down, moreover, may cause data lost or data stealing….etc

  10. Candy T. June 5, 2009 at 9:28 am #

    Really great concept. Where did you get this content? Do you write everything yourself?

  11. calvyn June 6, 2009 at 8:37 pm #

    hi Candy T >
    I collect all this information from internet, and was thinking to share with my readers.

    I am not a programmer, i can’t write anti virus software

  12. Royce June 18, 2009 at 4:02 am #

    I agree with shunz, Linux OS does not need Anti-virus software comparing to Windows OS. But you still can install it if you really think it is necessary.

    But I am kinda disagree with what rolandyh said. Server with good firewall also can be taken down as well. Because a hacker was there to hack, therefore if a hacker unable to hack, then he/she won’t be named as hacker.

    Lastly, how can you call someone who created virus as “bastard”? You have to know that sometimes because of them (virus creator, hacker), those anti-virus company only will be able get businesses. Some of the anti-virus company even created their own virus, and spread it. Sooner or later, they release their so-called anti-virus software and claim able to detect and destroy the latest virus on the market. That’s how it works. 🙂

  13. stephen November 11, 2009 at 10:45 pm #

    Can I get Anti virus for mu linus Os

  14. stephen November 11, 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    I always enjoy using Linus but did not have mush idea about it if some tutorial con be provided

  15. aeric January 13, 2010 at 3:17 am #

    Antivirus for Linux is installed to detect Windows viruses in the windows partition or machines connected to it. Windows viruses won’t execute in Linux OS. So far I know, there is no virus in Linux.

  16. jac March 29, 2010 at 5:00 am #

    my asus notebbook came with linux & an antivirus program the name of which i dont know but the logo is a beattle from above with 3 legs sticking out on each side. recently i tried to scan for virus and the scan failed because the virus database could not be found; also i cannot update the antivirus program because the data base cannot be found. what cud have happened to the data base and how do i get it back? thank you

  17. dc21 July 22, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    God Bless my Friend!

    I tought linux os doesn’t need anti virus. But when i copy some files from windows to my linux something changes happen to my linux. Some of my file automaticaly lock-up or should i say it became a read-only file and some made it into an archive. Thats why i need your help or opinion if my linux needs an anti virus.

    And please teach me how a windows kind of game can convert it into a linux game.


  18. linux commands May 29, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is magnificent blog. A great read. I will definitely be back.

  19. Well I prefer Windows but I really enjoyed using Fedora 9. I loved it a lot guys.

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