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Free Anti-virus for Linux from reliable source

For those who invest in Anti-virus protection for their *ix boxes.

Years ago I remember John McAfee, Peter Norton, and  Friðrik Skúlason all started their own anti-virus projects and all made anti-virus free to individuals. Over time Peter bought himself a gay bar in New York, John went mostly into high cost corporate products and got bought out by Intel, and Friðrik I think is still in Iceland throwing back candy flavored vodkas and  smiling at Nordic girls.

While Norton and McAfee anti-virus is basically a Microsoft-Only thing selling for the extortionate price of $50 per license for normal people, FRISK still remembers his roots and still offers the F-Prot Anti-Virus for free download for individuals. We have been buying the corporate version for our lab computers at about $3-4 each license and F-Prot is available not only for Microsoft Windoze but also for Microsoft Exchange, Linux, BSD, Solaris, AIX, IBM eServers, DOS, and *nix.

If you use Anti-Virus, and especially if you would like a free (or if you are a business, low cost) alternative to the KlamAV, Norton, or McAfee, their web site is at FRISK Software has a lot of experience and developed the first heuristic scanner in 1991. Their F-Prot anti-virus does an excellent job of nailing Windoze as well as *ix viruses, so if you boot to Linux so you can scan for viruses on your Windoze disk without worrying that the virus stealth will prevent proper detection you might want to download this free anti-virus. Friðrik’s outfit has 25-30 years of experience, like Peter’s and John’s,  but they never forgot the community that made them great.

To download the free home user anti-virus, from their home page at click “Products” (top right) then “Products for home users” (bottom of first column) then “Download the free home-user version” in the section appropriate for the OS you are using (Linux, BSD, Solaris, etc).

Fake Anti-Virus

According to anti-virus authority Sophos, there is an upsurge in the fake antivirus scams. From a bulletin they made available here:

the Fake AV is downloaded onto the user’s computer, the software will scare them into believing their system is infected with threats that do not really exist, and then push users to purchase services to clean up the non-existent threats. The Fake AV will continue to send these annoying and intrusive alerts

We have already explained the importance of turning off javascript by default — and clicking the little icon in your URL bar to enable it only for sites that you know and trust — to disable scams here: , the ‘lisa moon’  cross site scripting scam here:, and attacks against cloud services here: This should be corporate policy in all businesses as a matter of self defense. We realize Microsoft Internet Explorer does not make this easy but it is present: click Tools / Internet Options / Security. In the Security tab click ‘Custom Level’ and change the setting for the Internet to HIGH and click the RESET button. Change web sites you trust to “Trusted Site” status.