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Mitza 09-16-10 12:09 PM

Ubuntu - virus protection??
 
I'm trying out Ubuntu on my pc. Currently installed alongside WinXP... And I was just wondering if I need to install any anti-virus software? I use Norton for WinXP. Is there any software you could recommend? Idk if it is necessary or what.. :confused:

Any help appreciated. :smile:

Varg 09-16-10 06:10 PM

You pretty much do not need any anti virus on ubuntu or any other Linux based OS. I used ubuntu full time for 12 months before switching to fedora, so if you want any assistance with anything give me a yell.

I first used Linux in 2000 and us it everyday, and have also given talks at the local university on it for interested users so occasionally I can actually be a help lol.

Mitza 09-16-10 07:00 PM

Thanks, Varg. I'll keep that in mind. :smile:
I haven't heard of fedora. Is it linux based too?

Varg 09-16-10 07:19 PM

Yeah it's the second most popular distribution, but not quite as friendly as ubuntu.

ubuntu is actually based on one of the oldest flavours of Linux, Debian. If it isn't to your taste their is an even friendlier one called Linux Mint that comes pre-packaged with all the codecs for various media formats and flash.

Mitza 09-16-10 07:30 PM

Well, so far I like ubuntu. Would be fun to try out others op systems too, but I don't really know any programming, so I have to keep it simple.. lol..
(Besides the fact that I promised my gf not to mess up the only computer we have at the moment.. :rolleyes:)

ubi756 09-18-10 08:51 PM

I use Debian (ubuntu is just basically 'snapshots' taken from debian testing). I don't use any antivirus stuff, and as far as I know I've never been attacked.

sun shine 09-19-10 12:59 PM

You don't need virus guard for ubuntu coz it's a linux distribution and windows virus want work in linux there are millions of viruses made for windows coz windows is the most popular operating system. There are virus made for linux but they are very less compair to windows. My suggestion is you don't need a virus gured for ubuntu. Don't buy virus guard for ubuntu it's waste of money but if you are really thinking about security there are free virus guard for ubuntu like Clam AntiVirus

If you have more questions ask

sun shine 09-19-10 01:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mitza (Post 513056)
Well, so far I like ubuntu. Would be fun to try out others op systems too, but I don't really know any programming, so I have to keep it simple.. lol..
(Besides the fact that I promised my gf not to mess up the only computer we have at the moment.. :rolleyes:)

Don't worry you don't need any programming knowledge to set up most OS. First backup your data(coz you are doing it for first time)

if you don't understand search a youtube video that expain about installing OS

eg:- how to install fedora

then install those OS then you'll learn and become experience user :thumbsup:

sun shine 09-19-10 01:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Varg (Post 513011)
You pretty much do not need any anti virus on ubuntu or any other Linux based OS. I used ubuntu full time for 12 months before switching to fedora, so if you want any assistance with anything give me a yell.

I first used Linux in 2000 and us it everyday, and have also given talks at the local university on it for interested users so occasionally I can actually be a help lol.

you are a tech addict like me lol nice to see you here and helping other members keep your good work :thumbsup:

Zoe 09-19-10 02:00 PM

I just install the new version of fedora lol/.. I waited till i was back in europe because i didn't want to screw up my computer I have been using Fedora now for a year giving up windows totally and enjoy it allot more.

and I am glade that you can use web cams and such on skype now with fedora which you couldn't last year.

thelonelyone 09-25-10 01:44 AM

Ubuntu is actually a really safe and reliable alternative to the windows operating system. As we know there are many bugs and flaws in current and previous versions of Windows. Ubuntu is safe as it is not a target to most viruses/spyware and attacks that are mostly targetted to windows systems. One thing to keep in mind in whichever operating sytem is used to always update any software or system files needed in order to keep up with the latest and greatest security and to ensure that any bugs have been fixed. I am currently using XP on my main desktop and dual-booting between linux and XP on the laptop which gives me the best of both worlds. I'm excited and waiting for the 10.10 version of Ubuntu that is going to come out and it's supposed to be the perfect 10. Anyone else waiting for that release?

fml1886 09-25-10 11:27 AM

Hellz yeah. I'm thinking I'm probably going format and switch from Linux Mint to Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook edition for my Netbook, dual booting that next to Backtrack4 of course ;)

sun shine 09-25-10 12:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thelonelyone (Post 517052)
Ubuntu is actually a really safe and reliable alternative to the windows operating system. As we know there are many bugs and flaws in current and previous versions of Windows. Ubuntu is safe as it is not a target to most viruses/spyware and attacks that are mostly targetted to windows systems. One thing to keep in mind in whichever operating sytem is used to always update any software or system files needed in order to keep up with the latest and greatest security and to ensure that any bugs have been fixed. I am currently using XP on my main desktop and dual-booting between linux and XP on the laptop which gives me the best of both worlds. I'm excited and waiting for the 10.10 version of Ubuntu that is going to come out and it's supposed to be the perfect 10. Anyone else waiting for that release?

Day by day Ubuntu is improving I'm waiting for Ubuntu 10.10

Deafening Silence 09-26-10 05:30 AM

Ubuntu, Mac and any other Unix-based OS are a lot more secure than Windows because of the permissions system. Windows users are given Administrative privileges by default, meaning a malicious program on Windows has free reign to do whatever it wants pretty much. To do any serious damage on Unix you need Root User permissions, which unless you use a root account (bad idea) then your normal user account will not have these.

Ever tried to do anything to the system in Linux and have it ask you for your password? Well that's because it needs to grant you root permissions before you can do it.

Mitza 10-12-10 08:16 PM

Thanks for the info. :smile:

I've now been using Ubuntu for a while, and I like it much better than win. However, I have some problems with getting the sound to work sometimes. For some reason it does not find my soundcard.. :confused:

Varg 10-17-10 08:03 PM

Ok if you open a terminal, enter the following command:

alsamixer

This will open something that looks somewhat like a graphic equaliser. There should be an option to press F6 to select sound card. See if there is another device to switch too (probably HDA Intel), change to it , hit esc to exit and close the terminal. See if your sound is working now.

Mitza 10-19-10 02:28 PM

That helped. :) Thank you.

Varg 10-21-10 06:55 PM

No worries, glad I could help :thumbsup:


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