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I need an antivirus software for both Linux and windows.

by pg / September 30, 2005 4:44 AM PDT

I have both Linux (SUSE 9.6) and Windows (2000 and XP) machines that need antivirus. To minimize the work and headaches I need an antivirus software that works on both Linux and windows. I am looking for recommendations.

Also, I need to find a site that has comprehensive evaluations on antivirus packages. I have been looking at a number of sites and have found conflicting opinions.

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Panda offer free antivirus for Linux
by Donna Buenaventura / September 30, 2005 4:57 AM PDT
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Pg, As To Sites Having Conflicting Opinions...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 30, 2005 9:25 AM PDT

...It's completely normal. Test results from various websites will normally be "similar" but they aren't always the same...That's why it's called an "opinion". Each organization doing the test will do it a little different. If you'd like another recent test result site, see the info below:

A nice comparative review of popular antivirus programs which includes both Avast and AVG which aren't always easy to find..

http://www.av-comparatives.org/

Here is a link to the August 2005 pdf file for the specific results:

http://www.av-comparatives.org/seiten/ergebnisse/report07.pdf

One other point...I don't think there is a single antivirus program versuib that will work with both Linux and Windows. At least, I've never heard of one...Both operating systems are sufficiently different that separate scan engines are required. Although there may be programs from the "same company" which work on both OS, the "one size fits all" approach doesn't normally work with an antivirus. They are only supported on specific operating systems so separate versions are required..

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Grif is absolutely correct.
by dawillie / September 30, 2005 11:47 AM PDT

I know that AVG offers AV for Windows and Linux, but they are SEPARATE programs, based I suppose on the notion that it may not be a good idea to have both O/S running at the same time.

I have been an AVG user since 1999 and to date have had no issues with it.

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