The 8 Best Free Anti-Virus Programs for Linux

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Aaron Kili

Aaron Kili is a Linux and F.O.S.S enthusiast, an upcoming Linux SysAdmin, web developer, and currently a content creator for TecMint who loves working with computers and strongly believes in sharing knowledge.

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12 Responses

  1. Lolix says:

    BitDefender For Unices is end of life

  2. Jouni "rautamiekka" Järvinen says:

    A joke of a list, lemme say. And if I hadn’t read the comments I’d be wasting my breath pointing out faults.

  3. phd21 says:

    What about Linux Malware Detect (LMD) in conjunction with ClamAV or by itself?

  4. Iulian Murgulet says:

    Hello to all,

    Aaron, this tutorial is good with the pertinent observations made by @Dwobry, but nobody is perfect, and in each day we could learn something if we want to.

    In this context (antivirus/antimalware), maybe for some guys, it is useful to mention about havp. It is a proxy who will scan http traffic with several antivirus engine (clamav included).

    Another useful tip is how you install your system (more partitions is better) For example in my case I have /boot, /home and /tmp mounted with: noexec, nodev. Any malware needs to be downloaded and then will be executed. But the most powerful antivirus engine is our knowledge and the good sense.

    A smart guy (shame on me because I do not remember his name), has said a very smart thing (in my opinion ) – security is not a product (like clamav or what-ever), it is a process. I think that in the last years … we run after the various products, and we forgot the PROCCESS ;)

    Forgive me if I said fullish things ;)

  5. Dwobry says:

    If I may, I’m wondering why arent you guys doublechecking and creating a well-informed post about this subject matter instead of just posting something which has no structured basis or factual relevance?

    1. Clamtk is not an av, it`s graphical interface as you mentioned, but then why is it on the second place in a top of av`s?
    2. ClamAv is not a great av, just idealists whom belive in similar ideas to FSF are holding up as the only good av.
    3. Bitdefender for Unices, announced if I’m not mistaking around more than a year ago the end of life on this project, meanwhile offering a business alternative to it.
    4. Meanwhile F-Prot didn`t received any updates since 2013.

    Hence from your 8 place list, we`ve eliminated 2 ( Fprot & Bitdefender because EOL ), which gives us a 6 place list: which I would recommend to be taught of differently. If you have idealistic FOSS belives, the first two places should be Chkroot and Lyons ( Rk Hunter which i honestly don’t think exists anymore, but from what i gathered their official site now redirects to Lynis ). And if you dont have strong belives in the direction of FOSS, you could try Sophos.

    • Aaron Kili says:


      The list is not in order of the AV that works best, how each user will rate an AV in the list depends on their usage experience. However, we highly respect your views here. Many thanks for sharing your concerns with us.

  6. Robert Kraus says:

    ESET offers also a AntiVirus-Engine for Linux (commercial).

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