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Does anybody know any good free or open source Clam alternative?


There is good list at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_antivirus_software of course.

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Why not ClamAV itself, if I might ask? –  flight May 29 '09 at 14:26

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Listed in no particular order. These are the antivirus applications I know that run on Linux.

  1. Sophos
  2. Trend Micro Server Project
  3. RAV Antivirus
  4. Vexira Antivirus
  5. Panda Antivirus
  6. AVG Antivirus
  7. Avira Antivir

Also check Open Antivirus.

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With the exception of Open Antivirus, they are not free software / open source, though. –  flight May 29 '09 at 14:24

You have the solution from Avira (Antivir), a free edition is available for Linux : http://www.free-av.com/en/download/download_servers.php

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I use fprot on linux:

F-PROT Antivirus for Linux Workstations is FREE for use by personal users on personal workstations

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If you want an antivirus that's probably because you want to protect a closed-source, non-free operating system. Then why want a free antivirus?

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Running an open-source system or operating system does not mean in any way that your devoid of the possibility of malicious code being executed on that system. While generally you don't see as many as the close-source counterparts, it is still very well possible... –  Jason Mock May 29 '09 at 12:55
@Jason: Anti-virus protect against viruses, not against "malicious code" as a whole. AVs can't do squat against worms, unpatched systems, default passwords, trojan horses and so on. They protect against viruses. Period. There is no virus problem on Linux (even though there has been POCs otherwise). It's a fact. The reason is simple: RPM/DEB. Antivirus have their vulnerabilities, and they have happened and been exploited much more often than viruses on Linux, which is why you should not install one if you don't need it. –  niXar May 29 '09 at 16:17

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