Solved what OS to use

January 15, 2020 at 14:26:03
Specs: Windows 7
I need some suggestions. I still have Windows 7 and am having issues choosing a replacement for its end of support! I don't trust Windows 10 at all because of it’s invasive ways but need a truly secure OS. I have tried Ubuntu but find it strange how there is not one antivirus option in the app store. I know Linux is safer but still am concerned. I have heard Avast has an anti virus for Linux but I am left wondering what is the best option. Would Linux truly be secure for the years to come with no antivirus or antimalware? How could I tell if there’s a threat in my system on a Linux? I don’t feel confident with a free antivirus as I’ve paid for antivirus for years on Windows.. Unfortunately I don't know anything on Linux systems so is it wise to take it instead if of Windows 10?

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January 17, 2020 at 07:07:33
https://www.howtogeek.com/135392/ht...

If you still feel you need AV protection, don't pay for it. After installing Mint, you can use Software Manager (basically an App Store) & do a search for an AV program. ClamAV comes to mind but it's not a real-time scanner. If you want real-time protection, get Sophos. FYI, software installations in Linux can be tricky.
https://www.how2shout.com/how-to/ho...

You should learn how to do this as well: https://itsfoss.com/apt-get-linux-g...

And if you haven't been to Distrowatch, it's probably the best site to keep up with all the various Linux distributions & updates: https://distrowatch.com/



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January 15, 2020 at 14:49:51
How about going over to Macs?

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January 15, 2020 at 15:35:43
Linux Mint has a Windows feel to it. There is a learning curve, so persevere.

http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Syst...
http://linuxmint.com/
Download (32-bit) page
http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2077
Download (64-bit) page
http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.ph...


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January 15, 2020 at 18:55:55
If you're new to Linux, Ubuntu is a poor choice. As stated by Johnw, Linux Mint (which is based on Ubuntu) would be much better & easier to make the transition. You'll have to choose between 32-bit or 64-bit, plus pick a desktop environment (DE). Mint offers Mate, Cinnamon, or Xfce as the DE choices. Personally, I'm a fan of the Xfce DE. It's simpler & more lightweight than the other two.
https://linuxmint.com/rel_tricia_xf...

As for anti-virus, it's not an absolute requirement because the overwhelming majority of viruses & malware are meant for Windows & will not infect Linux. In fact, AV may even lessen security.
https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogsp...

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January 17, 2020 at 00:09:54
Thanks for the advice on Mint. How do you all feel about Eset antivirus? I see its sold for Linux. Are they a trusted company or as good as Kaspersky/Bitdefender? I have thought of it lessening security as well but also wonder if a virus would actually need a prompt with a password to allow it to run which would show it’s presence immediately? Just an idea

I would like to know how. What if all the Windows 10 invasive settings were turned off and customized, would it not be a system resembling Windows 7 at least or just a local machine? Is diagnostic data set to basic and cortana turned off not enough? I would like to feel like this was more of a topic of the past before Microsoft responded to the concern in people by improving the system. Please let me know your thoughts

Thought I’d share this interesting article I just found as well
https://wtkr.com/2020/01/15/nsa-fin...

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January 17, 2020 at 07:07:33
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https://www.howtogeek.com/135392/ht...

If you still feel you need AV protection, don't pay for it. After installing Mint, you can use Software Manager (basically an App Store) & do a search for an AV program. ClamAV comes to mind but it's not a real-time scanner. If you want real-time protection, get Sophos. FYI, software installations in Linux can be tricky.
https://www.how2shout.com/how-to/ho...

You should learn how to do this as well: https://itsfoss.com/apt-get-linux-g...

And if you haven't been to Distrowatch, it's probably the best site to keep up with all the various Linux distributions & updates: https://distrowatch.com/


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January 17, 2020 at 07:22:36
See this for some interesting claims about Win10: https://www.gnu.org/proprietary/mal...

The NSA connection is nothing new, check the date of this article: https://www.heise.de/tp/features/Ho...


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January 17, 2020 at 16:10:41
I recently read an article that was quite intense on the subject of AV's and Linux. He stated that not only does Linux not need and antivirus program because a program of any kind would need you to enter your password in order to install it but in fact adding an antivirus program would open up a path for an infection to enter through. He stated that only an antivirus program would have the rights to open up/have access to all types of files where most programs are given access to one or two file types.
He further states that ONLY files officially listed/managed/approved for your distro of Linux should be installed and therefore completely safe from unintentionally installing something nasty.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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January 20, 2020 at 19:03:24
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