Whether you require an Antivirus or not entirely depends on what you are going to do with your Operating System. Be it any operating system for that matter, if you are not well-versed with technology then its a good idea to an Antivirus installed. No operating system is perfect. Flaws exists in all. It is the users responsibility to keep his/her system secure. Accordingly, he/she may choose to install an Antivirus application.
There are many Antivirus tools available for Ubuntu/Linux. We will discuss a few next.
Best Antivirus tools available for Ubuntu/Linux
A. ClamAV Antivirus B. Comodo Antivirus for Linux C. Sophos Antivirus for Linux D. Avast security for Linux E. ESET NOD32 Antivirus for Linux
A. ClamAV Antivirus: ClamAV is an open-source Antivirus that is provided with the Ubuntu's main repository itself. So, if you have Ubuntu distribution, then all you need is a Software Centre or Synaptic Package Manager to install it. ClamAV is a command line tool, but if you want a Graphical User Interface (GUI) then you have to install ClamTk from the repositories.
B. Comodo Antivirus for Linux: Comodo Antivirus is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit processor architectures. The Antivirus is available for various Linux distributions including Ubuntu. You need to have a minimum of 2 GB of RAM and CPU speed of 2 GHz. The Antivirus tool from Comodo provides protection against e-mail viruses, and is capable to do real-time analysis amongst many other features.
C. Sophos Antivirus for Linux: Sophos Antivirus for Linux also supports various Linux distributions including Ubuntu. Minimum requirements for installing Sophos Antivirus is 1 GB of RAM, 1 GB of Free Disk Space and Kernel version of 2.6.32 or higher. The security updates provided in the Sophos Antivirus is around 50 KB.
D. Avast Security for Linux: Avast Security for Linux is provided with two different options. One is supplied as Standard Product and other as Business Product. For Ubuntu/Debian based Linux distributions .deb packages are provided whereas, for RedHat/SUSE based distributions .rpm packages are provided. Software repositories are provided to keep the virus updated.
E. ESET NOD32 Antivirus for Linux: The Antivirus tool is supported for various Linux distributions. Cross-Platform protection from Malwares is being provided with the Antivirus application.
In Conclusion, we have discussed a few of popular Antivirus applications in this article. Next we will discuss how to install ClamAV Antivirus on Ubuntu distribution.