Top Antivirus For Linux

By Karthik P | Features

Linux is easily one of the most secure operating system, added that it is least prone to virus and malware attacks. However, we cannot conclude that it is completely free from viruses.

Best Antivirus Programs for Linux

The number of malicious programs including viruses, malwares, trojans etc. written for Linux are very less when compared to other operating systems. Even though the numbers are very low, using an anti-virus would ensure you complete protection from viruses and malwares. There are a number of anti-virus programs available for Linux.

To help you select the best one for your system and to ensure complete protection, we bring you some of the top antivirus programs available for Linux.

Avast! Linux Home Edition

Avast! is one of the most widely used anti-virus for Linux. It has a simple GUI (Graphical User Interface) and is very easy-to-use.


Some of the features of Avast! Linux Home Edition are :

  1. Virus Chest – Suspicious files are stored in the virus chest.
  2. Automatic Updates – Virus databases are updated at least 3 times a week, to protect your system against the latest threats.
  3. Command line scanner – Experienced users have the option to use the classic on-demand scanner that can be controlled from the command line.
  4. Internationalization – Avast! available in English, Czech, Portuguese (Brazil), Bulgarian, Finnish, French.

You can download avast! Linux Home Edition for free at

Kaspersky Anti-Virus For Linux

Kaspersky, one among the most famous anti-virus programs for Windows, works well on Linux too. It is well known for it’s advanced protection and extensive virus database.

Some of the highlights of Kaspersky are :

  1. Advanced Virus Protection – Kaspersky protects your system from viruses, spywares and other malwares.
  2. On demand scanner – Allows you to scan specified areas and prompts you to take action against the infected objects.
  3. Real-time protection from viruses – Kaspersky scans the files being accessed for malicious code and cures or deletes the infected objects.
  4. Automatic updates – Virus databases are updated on demand or automatically from Kaspersky Lab’s Internet servers.

Kaspersky anti-virus for Linux can be downloaded by clicking here.

AVG Free for Linux

AVG Free for Linux is a free anti-virus product developed specifically for home and non-commercial use. It is aimed at providing maximum protection from viruses.


Some of it’s features include :

  1. Graphical User Interface (GUI) – An intuitive and easy-to-use graphical user interface.
  2. Automatic updates – Protects your system from the latest threats by automatically updating virus databases.
  3. AVG On-Demand scanner – Allows you to perform scheduled and manual tests.
  4. Command line scanner – The command line scanner offers you some extras such as creating a report file, scheduled updates, etc.
  5. AVG Free uses advanced virus detection methods to provide you with maximum virus protection.

Download AVG Free for Linux by visiting AVG website.

Know any other top antivirus software for Linux that you’ve used? Feel free to share..

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Karthik is a 19 year old blogger from Karnataka, India. He's a hardcore tech addict and always keeps himself up-to date with the latest technology; be it the latest tech news or the newly released gadgets. He's also a social networking enthusiast and can be found active on twitter @k_karthikp

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(13) comments

Edgar May 6, 2011

Question: How would I install Bitdefender for Ubuntu? I bought it when I had Windows 7 and now that I transferred over to Ubuntu, I would like to know how to install it on my new OS.

Rob February 11, 2011

It iresponsable to not have an aiti virus, if you plan on excah ging files, USN flash drives, and so on with another perosn.

Viruses can, and do infect other computers what we share things with. Do you want to be the focus of people bitching about giving them so mind of Malware?

What f it got passed on to a loved on, and wiped them out? A Free AV then would seen mch cheap insurance.
If Linux users, hope to get excepted soonre than later by the main stream comuter world, then they need to show that they are harmless. Linux talks about how much more secure they are. Yoe they are spreading around Malware.

Now Linux user knows that its not his doing. But he would be well advise to catch something, and report it, or simply fix of before it become a problem to someonw that you like or care about. Or a forum that you like.

Just a thought.

Warren January 24, 2011

I’ve been a *nix user + admin for over 20 years. From experience, the only way to KNOW to have a secure system is to freshly install whatever system and NEVER have outside access to it (internet, wireless or wiress access, USB, floppy drives etc)

Fail January 8, 2011

Linux has keyloggers too and stealers. L10N is a good example its not because your on linux that you can’t be infected.

Patrick November 13, 2010

Anti-virus on linux is not for “noobs”. Just because your system cannot be infected by windows viruses, that doesn’t mean that it can’t contain them. Seeing as most people use Windows, it IS important to at least have some antivirus software (doesn’t have to be real time) and scan your files every once in a while. Otherwise, you risk infecting other windows PC’s should you ever transfer an infected file/give access to an infected file.

Karthik P May 13, 2010

@scott Yeah, you are right. Anti-virus software on linux can be used by noobs. But, I don’t think I have stated it anywhere in the article that using an anti-virus is a must and everyone should have an anti-virus.

djohnston May 13, 2010

“However, we cannot conclude that it is completely free from viruses.”

How many Windows viruses can be counted in the wild?

How many Linux viruses have EVER propagated?

mcdjork May 12, 2010

How about bit defender?

    Karthik P May 12, 2010

    Bit Defender works good too. But I don’t feel it’s as good as the one’s listed.

Mr. X May 12, 2010

The best one is … None.

    Karthik P May 12, 2010

    Using an anti-virus for linux is just optional. Linux systems are least affected by viruses. You may use it only if you want your system to be completely secure.

      scott May 13, 2010

      I disagree. If you want to be completely secure, then it really boils down to the user knowing what he/she is doing such as installing something, what is running in the background, and how secure the system is by hacking the etc configs. anti virus software on linux is for noobs.

        Anders January 18, 2011

        Sure a secure systems weakest points is the admin… but we use Sophie and clam on our mailgateways works very well… so for noobs only not!

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