5 Best Free Antivirus Software for Linux

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Antivirus software a must have software for any operating system. Today no computer is safe with Viruses whether it is antivirusWindows, Linux or Mac PC nothing is safe. To safeguard our computer we use Antivirus software. Antivirus software search viruses on our computer and delete them to safe our computer.

Linux is becoming popular day by day because it is available for free. As Linux is becoming popular as much viruses are infecting Linux computer. To prevent you Linux based computer you can use any of these free Antivirus software for Linux.

Free Antivirus software for Linux


1. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition: Whether it is Windows or Linux AVG is always first choice for free antivirus software. avgAVG is most downloaded software on CNET’s download.com. It covers almost all things as paid software.
Easy to download, install and use
Protection against viruses and spyware

2. Avira AntiVir Personal: Avira AntiVir Personal – FREE Antivirus is a reliable free antivirus solution, that constantly and rapidly scans your computer for malicious programs such as viruses, Trojans, backdoor programs, hoaxes, worms, dialers etc. Monitors every action executed by the user or the operating system and reacts promptly when a malicious program is detected.
AntiVir protection against viruses, worms and Trojans
AntiDialer protection against expensive dialers
AntiRootkit protection against hidden rootkits
Faster Scanning up to 20% faster
New User Interface
AntiPhishing protection against phishing

3. avast! antivirus Home Edition includes ANTI-SPYWARE protection, certified by the West Coast Labs Checkmark avastprocess, and ANTI-ROOTKIT detection based on the best-in class GMER technology. Simple to use and automated Daily automatic updates ensure continuous data protection against all types of malware and spyware.
Anti-spyware built-in
Anti-rootkit built-in
Strong self-protection
Antivirus kernel
Integrated Virus Cleaner
Virus Chest
Network Shield
Web Shield

4. Panda Antivirus: Panda Antivirus for Linux is an antivirus for Linux servers and desktops. It is an antivirus designed to pandabe managed from the command line or console. To do this, an executable called PAVCL will be used.
The aim of Panda Antivirus for Linux is to scan and disinfect Windows and DOS workstations connected to a Linux server, as well as the Linux server itself.
Panda Antivirus for Linux scans files using both string searches and heuristic methods. The target files of the antivirus are Word documents, Java Applets, ActiveX controls and compressed files (ZIP, RAR, etc.). At the moment, it does not scan the boot sector or the partitions table.

5. Clam AntiVirus is an open source (GPL) anti-virus toolkit for UNIX, designed especially for e-mail scanning on mail gateways. It provides a number of utilities including a flexible and scalable multi-threaded daemon, a command line scanner and advanced tool for automatic database updates. The core of the package is an anti-virus engine available in a form of shared library.

Also see Top 5 Free Antivirus Software for Windows.

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  1. Tyler Lanphear says

    The hell? Linux doesn’t need an antivirus. The only thing that would require an antivirus in Linux is if you were using it as a server or sharing files to a Windows computers. Linux is completely locked down as long as you have a good administrator for the box and you don’t go executing attachments and all that as root.

    Please don’t bring the old FUD about Linux that it can get infected by viruses, its just misleading.

    • Akash says

      You are on Mistake. With the increasing popularity and uses, Linux needs an Anti-Virus as well now. Especially if you are setting up a File Server. If you are running Samba or NFS servers, there is a possibility that the virus residing on your machine can infect the Windows PC in your network. It may not be an urgent requirement as of now, but wise to have an Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware software for Linux…

  2. Andreas Marschke says

    What “viruses” can you threat driver actually recall yourself upon that can be defended by these sysstems that aren’t coming directly from the net using bot nets such as DoS attacks that can happen to a linux box.
    These virus programs are useless for linuxx systems and wont save them a bit.
    I suggest everyone who comes to this blog not to listen to him and rather check their iptables setups and open ports/services running on your machine which have direct or indirect a connection to the internet they gather information from.
    A good way to really really keep your linux box clean is checking with netstat which ips/domains you are connected with and if you cant recognize what these services use a certain port for close the app/service that is using exactly this and recheck your setup. Real threads top a Linux machine only comes from wide open ports and sluggish admins that are to narrowed in their view to keep the system stable rather than getting the updates in and have a _secure_ box. if you are a Admin yourself please start thinking about your update habits for the machnes that matter to you or your company and start making it a habbit to check for updates.
    I myself keep my packages updated daily on the machines that matter thanks to the magic of “CRON”

  3. Paul says

    AVG No 1????

    Sure it’s great on windows, but the Linux version sucks big time. First there’s the lack of GUI – command line config. You need a major qualification in computers to cope with it.

    You’re better off with Bit Defender or Avast. Both free and far better.

  4. avi says

    before inserting pen drive into xp directly, we can delete all the virus in linux although liux is virus free

  5. a says

    Panda antivirus for linux has been discontinued. if you click on the link leading to the website the page will say “error 404 page not found”.

  6. a159 says

    Linux is NOT virus free. Even though it lacks desktop market share it dominates the server market meaning there are millions of viruses waiting to infect your computer.HAVING AN ANTI-VIRUS IS CRITICAL FOR EVERY OS WHETHER IT IS VIRUS RESISTANT OR NOT.

  7. adario says

    It is very stupid to say things like:
    “you don’t need an anti-virus for lunux” or
    “you can first insert your usb stick on a linux machine and delete viruses.”

    as it is obvious that if there are anti-virus tools for linux it can be due to:
    1. File/mail server
    2. Network with windows clients

    so people like @avi and @free, please do not be stupid

    • Michael says

      Your “argument” is completely invalid.

      Regardless of any virus/trojan contained on the computer due to mail/file/web/… server or interaction with windows/mac computers, the LINUX operating system is NOT effected by any malicious code.

      I suppose the point of running anti-virus on Linux would be to protect a network and any data affiliated with the machine.

  8. sanjoy kr. nandi says

    hey guies….
    do u know linux dosen’t need antivirus… because there is no any executable file for thrating in u’r system …..so, don’t take any tention………it’s a virus free……..

  9. says

    No offense intended, but those who say that Linux does not need anitvirus software are ignorant and/or naive. ANY computer operating system can be affected by malware which includes viruses, worms, and trojans; yes, even Linux.

    Don’t believe me? Just do a web search for “is linux vulnerable to viruses”, and you’ll see.

    Sure, Linux is LESS vulnerable due to its smaller market share which makes it a smaller target, and due to its ‘sandbox’ architecture which separates everyday use from administration. But it can, nevertheless, be invaded, infected, and corrupted. Hackers can even gain administrative access through ‘privilege escalation’.

    And why, just why in the world, would anyone develop an antivirus program for Linux and GIVE IT AWAY for free (ie. NOT dupe people into buying something they don’t need, all for profit) if there wasn’t a need for it? Why would they devote their time to the internet community creating, developing, and painstakingly maintaining some useless application?

    It is because there truly is a need for it. And no amount of vain rah-rah-linux-doesn’t-need-antivirus cheering will change that.

    I am proud to be a Linux user. But, let’s face reality. Linux is not totally bullet-proof. And those who blindly act on the belief that it is, are surfing the ‘net with their pants down.

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