The latest version of avast! antivirus kernel features important detection capability with high performance. You can expect 100% detection of viruses (viruses already spreading between users) and excellent detection of Trojan horses with minimal false positives.
The kernel is certified by ICSA Labs, but often takes part in the tests of Virus Bulletin magazine, often giving the VB100 award.
Like avast! for Windows, avast! engine for Linux also has great unpacking support . It can scan inside almost same number of files under Windows, with the exception of MAPI, CAB, ACE, CHM, 7zip and NTFS streams. The files can be analyzed: ARJ, ZIP, MIME (+ all associated formats), DBX (Outlook Express archives), RAR, TAR, GZIP, BZIP2, ZOO, ARC, LHA / LHX, TNEF (winmail.dat), CPIO , RPM, ISO, and SIS. It also supports a number of executable packers (eg PKLite, Diet, UPX, ASPack, FSG, MEW etc.).
The simple user interface is used to start the scan on demand, to work with the results and change various options analysis.
The user interface requires GTK + 2.x. If you do not have these libraries installed on your system, install the libraries will be used.
Command Line Scanner
Experienced users will appreciate the classic on-demand scanner, controlled from the command line. Allows scanning of files in directories and volumes on local and remote. Of course the command line scanner also works on volumes mounted over a network.
The program is very flexible and has many arguments and switches. Is able to generate extensive report files that can be used for analysis.
The scanner is capable of operating STDIN / STDOUT as a pipe filter. This mode is intended to be used in shell scripts.
Update the virus database are another key need in virus protection. Avast! is usually updated at least 3 times a week (more frequently during the virus), which offers the latest definitions to efficiently protect your system against the latest threats.
The Linux version also has a chest directory where suspicious files are stored. These files can be deleted, or you can work with them later. You can also send files to our virus lab for further analysis.
Currently, avast! Linux is available in the following languages: English, German, Czech, Portuguese (Brazil), Bulgarian, Finnish, French.
Many vendor has been release the anti-virus for Linux. Like Panda, Kaspersky and Avira. Again, the anti-virus for Linux is to detect and clean any file that ‘visit’ to your Linux box not for Linux itself. One of the most popular anti-virus for Linux is Clamav. 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.
Anyway back to the top?, Is Linux need anti-virus?