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Do We Really Need an Antivirus For Linux?

Due to increasing popularity of Linux as Desktop using Gnome Environment, the malware authors are becoming more interested in Linux.

Linux Malware

If someone feels Linux is Malware-free or there is nothing called Linux Malwares that is totally incorrect.  Due to increasing popularity of Linux as Desktop using Gnome Environment, the malware authors are becoming more interested in Linux. Vulnerabilities in Network Daemons can also be exploited by Worms.

 

Recently, there have been  few Cross-Platform Threats that can run on both Windows and Linux Environment for example: Perl.BadBunnySB.BadBunnyIRC.BadBunnyRuby.BadBunny etc.  It is also possible that when you read emails or surf the Internet you may get malware content downloaded or sent to you.  In addition, SAMBA and NFS servers should be scanned periodically to check if they are infected.

Linux Malware

Symantec Antivirus for Linux Provides Complete Malware Protection Against Linux Malwares

Symantec Antivirus gives Real Time protection using Real Time scan whenever a file is accessed, modified, moved, renamed, copied, deleted, etc.

Symantec Antivirus for Linux also provides freedom to schedule periodic scans using Schedule Scans or On-Demand Scan.  It scans all files on your machine based on the virus signatures loaded in the Antivirus.

Configuration

You can configure Centralized Logging and Reporting with Symantec Antivirus for Linux using Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager or to a Specific SYSLOG server.  Symantec Antivirus for Linux can be configured to download the Virus Signatures from a centralized internal liveupdate server so that all machines do not have to connect to the internet for updates or when the machines are in Secure Network.

You can make configuration changes centrally using the ConfigEd tool and distribute the GRC.DAT on the clients where you want to make the P\policy changes.  For more information, visit: https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/articles/use-configedexe-config-sav-linux

If you feel the antivirus might impact performance on your critical applications running on the machines, or if you want to exclude folders from scanning, you can configure NoScanDir and those folders will be excluded from scanning.

The Symantec Antivirus for Linux configurations can be easily managed from both Command Line and KDE/Gnome Environment.

Symantec Antivirus for Linux supports almost all Kernels of RED HAT, FEDORA, SuSE.OES2, UBUNTU, and DEBIAN.  Click here to find list of Supported Kernels.

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