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F-Prot Antivirus for Linux Still Exists
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PostPosted: Sat 16 Dec 2017, 10:51    Post subject:  F-Prot Antivirus for Linux Still Exists
Subject description: as of Dec. 16, 2017
 

Hello all.

Motivated by my failure to help forum member morochos properly with a clamAV build
(please see here), I did more research on anti-virus apps able to run on Linux.

I was glad to re-discover F-Prot as an anti-virus solution for Linux PCs.

http://www.f-prot.com/download/home_user/download_fplinux.html

http://www.f-prot.com/support/unix/unix_faq/41.html

I re-packaged their tar.gz archive as an sfs. You can get
fp-Linux.x86.32-ws_defs171216.sfs at
http://www110.zippyshare.com/v/Gon6It2m/file.html for the next 30 days.

Please note that Linux users do not normally need an anti-virus, but if you have
WhineDose-based customers, they may require that you use one on the files you
return to them.

I also found it comforting to know that my machine and my Pup were not harboring
nor relaying any malware.

I tested this anti-virus on xenialPup-7.0.6_32-bits, but it looks "version-agnostic". I say
that because the app itself dates back to 2012. (However, the virus definition file is
kept current by the F-Prot people.)

To use f-prot, it is deceptively simple:
-- download the sfs from the zippyshare URL mentioned above;
-- load it with sfs_load;
-- cd to /opt/f-prot;
-- open a console and type
Code:
fpscan -b
for a boot scan, OR
Code:
fpscan /mnt/sdb1/CustomerDocs
(adapt the path to your situation) to scan WhineDose documents and files.

Recommended: to view all settings, type
Code:
fpscan --help
.
I saw some GUIs for it, but IMO, installing them is not worth the trouble, since the
commands are so simple to type.

If you use it today, you will not need to download a virus definition file, since I have
included the one active today (Dec. 16, 2017). At a later date, you will need to update it.

Heads up:
-- you may need to get your own key to update the virus definitions file;
-- AFAIK, this F-Prot anti-virus solution is for Linux 32-bit setups only.

Please test and keep us posted? TIA.

IHTH.

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