Sunday, October 4, 2009

The best anti-virus.

Last week my mom forwarded an email to me and I started to laugh. The email was to warn me about a virus that is spreading and destroying peoples data. I called my mom and told her that she does not have to worry. I explained that this virus is for Windows OS and she is running Ubuntu for over a year. Even if she downloaded it she wouldn't be able to run it and the virus would not know what to do on the Linux platform.  My mom is not very technically savvy but she is happy with using Linux. I installed her system and made sure that it is easy to use. I explained to her that the best anti-virus software is Linux.

I always thought that this virus thing was mostly just fear installed in people. Every time you go to a store you see McAfee or Norton Antivirus. The sales people are trying to scare you into purchasing their products. The bottom line is to make money of the fear of users. I am not sure if the anti-virus products are still the same as they used to be in the past but I remember them always popping up. Somehow, I always thought of the anti-virus software as a freaking virus itself. Always needing something, taking my computer resources and being a horrible nuisance. Just get off my screen!

Like a lot of things in our society, all you have to do is instill fear into people and then sell them products to protect themselves. Antivirus software is big business and the industry is very good at scaring the common computer user. Most viruses could be avoided just by following simple common sense rules. Anyways, my mom found out that she is immune to majority of viruses that are out there and that her precious data is safe for now. The way Linux is created makes it difficult for viruses to function. Linux is the best anti-virus software.

7 comments:

  1. I cannot agree with you more. I simply dont understand y ppl spend so much and buy a piece on junk like windows when there is a better alternative out there which is free.

    Its not just that Ubuntu is free its way better than windows. So y pay for a piece of shit.

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  2. Somehow the world always ends up with the worst pieces of junk like windoze, while there are better alternatives. I can't imagine ever again using a piece rubbish like windoze and pay for it. Ubuntu is a million lightyears ahead and better that the rubbish you pay for.

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  3. Unfortunately, as this post indicates, most folks are 'computer operating system illiterate'. They cannot comprehend that 'computer virus' is a misnomer for 'Windows OS virus'. It is not their fault. It is our responsibility, as this poster did, to point out the error in their thinking and spread the good word about Linux.

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  4. > The bottom line is to make money
    > of the fear of users.

    Yes, but these fears and security holes are legit concerns when running a Windows box.

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  5. If you really feel the need for a virus scanner on Linux I would recommend NOD32, just from my personal use on Windows OS.

    With that being said the only reason I could see you needing any VS is to scan email before it is delivered to the rest of your network, if you would like to fetch emails for your home users.

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  6. That said there are (a few) viruses for linux too but in a good setup (ie you don't browse the web and play games as root user ;)) less effective. I mean sure it can destroy some of your data, but it'd be difficult for it to trash your system (unless it uses some buffer overflow or other program errors).
    In any case I like to scan my email (on the server) with clamav just to be sure if I open it from my webmail on a windows machine somewhere that I don'T infect ppls pcs ;)) - also keeps away those crappy mails and sticks them straight in the bit-bucket :D

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