Sunday, October 31, 2010

The best anti-virus out there!

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 that you can get.


  1. Interesting article. It is true that as a Linux user, you don't have to really worry about any malware provided you follow safe computing practices, especially if you install everything via the Repositories. Also it is important to patch the kernel when needed (sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude safe-upgrade). Unfortunately for Windows, you simply have to be connected to the Internet. Also I would have to say that M$'s bigest mistake was activeX.

    At any rate, I sometimes wonder if some of these Legit AV companies are releasing some of their own malware into the wild, just for business. It really wouldn't surprise me. It just like when Symantec was spreading BS FUD against GNU/Linux . To me it seems that they are upset due to the fact that GNU/Linux Operating systems don't need them (Symantec that is), thus they make no profits with GNU/LINUX so they don't want it to flourish. That would be money lost.

    People will try to sell you that BS, if Linux were more popular then it would have the same problems that windows has. Well, they are wrong. Writing a virus for Linux is very complex, considerations for what architecture are you looking at, what file-system, it going to be source? (a good deal of people downloading source files are usually programmers them selves and will check the code). There are many other factors as well, something that will run on one system may not run on a different system with the same Linux distro. If there was an out break, it wouldn't get very far and would be squashed quickly.

    Also Linux kernel 2.6.36 has apparmor integrated. Nice article though.

  2. "Most viruses could be avoided just by following simple common sense rules."

    Common sense ain't all that common.

  3. I feel that MS and the AV companies are finding way to scare people into buying "newer and better" products. Since i made the jump to Ubuntu, and then to Linux Mint I've been happy with what I got. not to mention actually using Linux to fix my friend's system again and again. He's gotten frustrated with MS was wanting to upgrade to Win7. i got him to dual boot with XP for now, and he's liking it. I though ti was going to be completely alien to him, but he's doing great, and is surprised how fast his PS now with Linux.

  4. One of the less mentioned benefit of installing Linux is that it doesn't suffer that sluggish behavior that affects every Windows box with an anti-virus in it.