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37 Responses

  1. prashantcruise says:

    may be its comodo ! spell error .
    Any suggestion for installing antivirus on one server and scanning all server on same network.

    • Aaron Kili says:


      I suppose we have used Comodo in the article. And “installing antivirus on one server and scanning all server on same network” calls for client-server configurations, if that setting is supported by the antivirus software you intend to use.

      However, we have not yet used such a setup. But you need to find more information about this, from various web resources.

  2. Davi says:

    Great article! You could add Trend Micro Deep Security – a great tool for servers, including antimawlare for Linux servers

  3. Davi says:

    Great article! Trend Micro’s Deep Security – a great tool for servers, including antimawlare for Linux servers

  4. Edmund Laugasson says:

    Problem persists already a quite long time ago – cannot install Ubuntu 16.04, Linux Mint 18.

    When installing:
    Preparing to unpack …/antivirus/cav-linux_x64.deb …
    Unpacking cav-linux (1.1.268025-1) …
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of cav-linux:
    cav-linux depends on libssl0.9.8 (>= 0.9.8m-1); however:
    The libssl0.9.8 is not installed.

    When to search then there is already newer version available:
    sudo apt search libssl
    p libssl-dev – Secure Sockets Layer toolkit – development
    p libssl-dev:i386 – Secure Sockets Layer toolkit – development
    p libssl-doc – Secure Sockets Layer toolkit – development
    p libssl-ocaml – OCaml bindings for OpenSSL (runtime)
    p libssl-ocaml:i386 – OCaml bindings for OpenSSL (runtime)
    v libssl-ocaml-4e458 –
    v libssl-ocaml-d7j01:i386 –
    p libssl-ocaml-dev – OCaml bindings for OpenSSL
    p libssl-ocaml-dev:i386 – OCaml bindings for OpenSSL
    v libssl-ocaml-dev-4e458 –
    v libssl-ocaml-dev-d7j01:i386 –
    i libssl1.0.0 – Secure Sockets Layer toolkit – shared libr
    i libssl1.0.0:i386 – Secure Sockets Layer toolkit – shared libr
    p libssl1.0.0-dbg – Secure Sockets Layer toolkit – debug infor
    p libssl1.0.0-dbg:i386 – Secure Sockets Layer toolkit – debug infor
    v libssl1.0.0:i386 –
    p libsslcommon2 – enterprise messaging system – common SSL l
    p libsslcommon2:i386 – enterprise messaging system – common SSL l
    p libsslcommon2-dev – enterprise messaging system – common SSL d
    p libsslcommon2-dev:i386 – enterprise messaging system – common SSL d

  5. Lolix says:

    BitDefender For Unices is end of life

  6. 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.

  7. phd21 says:

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

  8. 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 ;)

  9. 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.

    • 01101001b says:

      “Meanwhile F-Prot didn’t received any updates since 2013″. I think you are confusing program version with database date. Whatever the case, Windows’ hysteria about dates and versions does not apply to Linux, not even in antivirus matters You should know that.

  10. Robert Kraus says:

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

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