“Is Linux immune to viruses?”
This kind of questions might come from linux new comers or someone that begin interest in Linux. Sadly, the answer is no. Specifically, there are virus for every Operating System, even Linux can be infected (refer to Wikipedia). However, if you said if Linux is immune to Windows’ viruses, then the answer might be yes (relatively).
As viruses mainly “developed” for windows Operating System, they won’t be less effective or even can’t infect Linux. One of the reason is the two operating system has different system and layout. Though, currently there are some viruses emerging for Linux.
Even though Linux won’t be affected by Windows’ viruses, there are many reason why we should install an AV (Anti Virus). For some reason we might explain:
- We might transfer (send / receive) file with virus. It might be bad if we send a virus accidentally.
- Scan viruses on Windows file system. We can use Linux to scan our partition used by Windows.
One of Anti Virus choice out there is Bit Defender.
In this article, we will discuss about installing Bit-Defender Anti Virus for Ubuntu. For this case, I use Ubuntu 12.10 as working example.
The package is not provided by Ubuntu repository. To install BitDefender, we must install it from their repository. Before we do that, we should Bit Defender repository to our list.
wget -O- -q http://download.bitdefender.com/repos/deb/bd.key.asc | sudo apt-key add - sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.bitdefender.com/repos/deb/ bitdefender non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list' sudo apt-get update
Installation is quick like installing other Ubuntu package. Do following command:
sudo apt-get install bitdefender-scanner-gui
At this point, you should find Bit Defender installed 😀antivirus, linux, malware, virus