Running more than one AV on Lucid?

December 13, 2011 at 01:23:58
Specs: Linux i686), 2GB
I have just switched to ubuntu the other day. After switching from the virus infested world of Windows.
I installed AVG, Avast and ClamAV separately to try each one out. And liked ClamAV. What my problem is, after deleting AVG & Avast I still have traces of these other two. Do they cause conflicts like in Windows?

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December 13, 2011 at 03:08:18
They could do but it depends on just what those traces are.

As long as nothing related to the other two is being loaded into memory you will be okay.

And by the way, I've never used anything but Windows for 10 years and I've never had virus problems even though I visit some "dodgy" websites and use P2P software.
That's because I pay for top-drawer internet security, I always keep it up to date, and I never use the free security software which gives mostly inadequate protection.

As Linux becomes more popular you can be sure that too will eventually be targetted by virus-writers, so your reason for switching will be pointless.

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December 13, 2011 at 03:23:50
I switched to ubuntu because I had a real nasty virus in WindowsXP. Tried all sorts to fix it, with no luck. As the shop/supplier I got the pc off hadn't loaded a copy of Windows on the hard drive. It was easier and free to load ubuntu.

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December 13, 2011 at 05:30:50
AV software generally isn't required when running Linux.

"I pay for top-drawer internet security"

And you're wasting your money for it. The freebies are more than adequate. No matter which protection you use, the virus creators are always coming up with ways of "sneaking one past the goalie".

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December 13, 2011 at 17:17:50
You are not secure with linux. A virus is a collection of bad practices. Your data is only as good as your knowledge of best practices.

Generally linux distro's don't easily let you run as an administrator. One of the worse things you can do is run any OS with too high of privileges.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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