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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37 Responses

  1. Jonas says:

    Thanks for a good article, Aaron. I’ve had a good experience from Sophos.

  2. 01101001b says:

    Just a question about F-Prot for Linux: Article says “it scans for over 2119958 known viruses and their variants”. All of them are Linux viruses? I hope not.

  3. Mac29 says:

    BitDefender AV Scanner for Unices is dead, they direct you to their business solution $$/free trial.

  4. gunnar says:

    COMODO antivirus in linux mint 17,3 and 18, it is installed but can not be updated, it indicates that a system file is missing, it is installed but it does not work.

  5. Patrick Mannson says:

    Bought Comodo basic subscription. No installation program. You must call this number and let one of our techs logo on to your computer, configure things and try to upsell you on more services. Tried to cancel.

    They marked my request as probable spam and gave me a link to tech support. Tech support said they could only help with SSL certificates and sent me to their geek buddies support site that runs $170 per year.

    Seems like a damn unethical company to me.

  6. Jim says:

    Sophos runs quietly in the background, unnoticeable. That is, unless your computer is really lame, in which case it can slow your computer to a crawl.

    I have two Linux computers:

    * One is about a year old, 64-bit, 4 GB of RAM, running Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit. I haven’t even noticed that Sophos is running, except one time when it detected some malware.

    * The other is from 2008, 32-bit, 2 GB of RAM, running Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 32-bit. Sophos slowed this computer to a crawl, so I uninstalled Sophos. Now the computer runs at an acceptable speed.

    • Aaron Kili says:

      @Jim

      Thanks a tonne for sharing your experience of using Sophos with us. We are working around the clock to update the current best Anti-Virus software for Linux.

    • davidhcefx says:

      I installed sophos-av this month, because I was appealed by the claim that it’s super light. However, I found that it slowed my startup/shutdown time quite a bit.
      With `systemd-analyze` I found that it consumed 22 sec for booting. When shutting down, I felt like it’s taking for about 10 sec longer than before.

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