January 11, 2021

Linux-specific antivirus?

I’m looking to scan files on a windows machine for viruses that may affect any system. Do I need a Linux-specific virus scanner to detect malware for that platform? I see that ClamAV is recommended for Linux. Is this simply because it runs on Linux or because there are more Linux-specific virus definitions for it?

It seems to make the most logical sense that, in order to best detect a virus for a specific OS, you should be looking for that virus on the OS it targets.

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bbsittrr

ESET makes a commerical Linux version:

https://www.eset.com/us/home/antivirus-linux/

>I’m looking to scan files on a windows machine for viruses that may affect any system.

You’re going to scan the windows machine from a linux machine?

> in order to best detect a virus for a specific OS, you should be looking for that virus on the OS it targets.

Malware takes many forms. Depends on what you are trying to protect.

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