5 best antivirus apps for Linux

Linux is probably even less susceptible to viruses and malware than even Mac. However, where is software, there are exploits. Most Linux users simply don’t need antivirus software because they already know how all of this stuff works. That said, some may decide to seek out some extra protection. We don’t judge here. There aren’t a ton of options for Linux, mostly because there are so many distros and few apps work on even most of them. We found a few good ones, though. Here are the best antivirus apps for Linux.


ClamAV
Price: Free
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ClamAV is a free and open source antivirus app. It works with a variety of distros, including Ubuntu, Debian, SuSE, RedHat, Fedora, Mandriva, Gentoo, and a few others. That along with its price tag makes ClamAV a fairly popular option in this space. The app includes a command line scanner for the super hardcore. It also includes support for most archive and document types along with most popular mail formats. It's a little hard to use, but so is Linux. We're confident that those that can use Linux can also figure this one out. The source code, download links, and full feature list is available on the website.
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Snort
Price: Free / $29.99 per year
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Snort is another good Linux antivirus app. It's also open source. This one is compatible with Fedora, CentOS, FreeBSD, and Windows. You can compile the source for basically anything, though. This one features real-time traffic analysis, packet logging, protocol analysis, and more. It detects all kinds of attacks and probes. This one is definitely not for those who want something simple. This app basically gives you a real-time feed of everything happening on your computer's network. It's fairly impressive, actually. The premium version adds a few extra features, but you get 90% of the experience in the free version.
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Sophos
Price: Free
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Sophos is a popular antivirus app for Windows and Mac. They also have a free malware scanner for Linux machines as well. It's a super lightweight scanner that does exactly one thing. It scans for and blocks malware from hitting your machine. It's very light on resources and the UI is extremely simple. This is an excellent way to add a layer of protection without having some bulky app that does a bunch of extra stuff. It should work well with CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, RedHat, and a few others. It's a completely free tool and there isn't a premium version of this one.
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Wireshark
Price: Free
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Wireshark is a powerful network analyzer. It can see what uses your network, when, and how much data it used. That makes it easy to track down rogue apps that may have infected your computer. You can then take steps to remove them. The UI is simple, but effective. You get a nice little graph that shows your real time network usage. Additionally, it has alerts and integration with RiverBed. It supports a number of Linux distros, including Ubuntu, Arch, Gentoo, RedHat, Slackware, and others. It won't get rid of threats. You have to do that yourself. However, it's among the best at helping you find problems.
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A more secure Linux distro
Price: Free
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One extreme option for better security is to change your whole distro. There are many Linux distributions out there with a serious focus on security. Some popular options include Tails (linked), Whonix, Qubes OS, Subgraph OS, and many others. These are usually based on a more popular distro like Debian so there is decent software support. However, the OS is configured in such a way that it makes it much more difficult for attackers to access your information. We don't have enough space here to talk about the features of each one, but that information is readily available on each distro's website. Good luck! Oh, and these are all free.
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