The Best Antivirus Software for Linux Operating Systems

There are number companies that have produced software to use for Linux born viruses. Generally, if configured securely, Linux Operating System are more secure than Windows. 

Traditionally, Linux systems seldom required an antivirus program but, over the years attackers have changed their tactics and are creating viruses and malwares specifically for different flavors.

In realty yes, you do need Antivirus. 

Chances are your systems are connected to the internet and hackers can compromise and still your information. The viruses can spread to another Window Operating System if connected to your environment. I have talked about number of Antivirus software in another articles. Not all Antivirus software support Linux Operating Systems.

Also, as for price points goes, Linux Operating System do cost more than traditional Windows. Generally speaking, the prices could start somewhere in $0 upward to $300+ per year.

Let look at some of these Antivirus and their capabilities:

ESET NOD32 Antivirus

  • User Interface
  • Multiple devices under single account
  • Malware detection
  • High speed scanning

ESET NOD32 Antivirus Multi-Devices

  • Save 25% on Multi-Devices
  • Anti-Fishing
  • Anti Slowdowns
  • Multilayered Proactive Protection
  • Comprehensive Protection

Clam AV Antivirus

  • Malware scanner
  • Command line interface
  • Mail scanning
  • Open-source community
  • Cross Platform support
  • Created for advance users


  • Behavioral based
  • On-demand
  • Firewall management
  • User Interface 
  • Command Line capability
  • Ransomware protection

Comodo Antivirus

  • Cross Platform
  • Email Service Scanning
  • Command Line
  • Open source

Avast Core Antivirus

  • User interface
  • Command line
  • On-Demand
  • Firewall
  • IT Administration tools
  • Anti-spyware
  • Integration with Batch system
  • Cross Platform support

Bitdefender Antivirus

  • Behavioral based
  • On-Demand
  • Cloud based control center
  • Machine learning scanner

F-Prot Antivirus

  • Opensource
  • Detects malware, viruses, trojans and etc.
  • Behavioral Analysis
  • Powerful

RootKit Hunter

  • Ease to use
  • Real-time scans
  • Easy on the CPU
  • Support man flavors of Linux


  • Firewall
  • User Interface
  • Command line
  • Behavioral based
  • Major Linux Distributions
  • Real-time monitoring
  • Only Supports 64bit platforms


  • On-demand
  • Real-time monitoring
  • Anit-malware protection
  • Many distributed support
  • Easy to install


  • Easy to use
  • User Interface
  • Real-time Monitoring and Malware detection
  • Command Line capabilities


It’s all depending on your requirements when choosing an Antivirus for your distributions. Linux is more secure Operating System and becoming more popular. But with Linux if you are connected to a network, you can transfer and infected files to other Windows computers that on your network. 

So, it’s best to eradicate all viruses and Trojans from your Linux workstations and servers.

Features that I would look for when choosing a tool would be as follows:

  • Ease of use and installation
  • Support for various flavors of Linux
  • Features for scanning, detecting and malware removal
  • Command Line Interface for custom scanning
  • Firewalls

Good to have:

  • User Interface
  • Ransomeware
  • Fast Detection Capabilities
  • Protection against phishing

More To Come

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