Security is paramount. Security involves defence in depth. Approaching security one step at a time, with consistency and rigour, you can mitigate threats, and keep intruders at bay.
Intruders use a variety of different techniques in an attempt to compromise a system. For example, systems can be attacked by denial of service, cracking, intrusion, snooping (intercepting the data of another user), or viruses/worms/Trojan horses. To have a secure box, a system therefore needs a variety of defences.
Anti-malware is a computer program used to prevent, detect, and remove malware. The most common types of malware include viruses, worms, trojans, ransomware, bots or botnets, adware, spyware, rootkits, fileless malware, and malvertising.
This article focuses on the best anti-malware tools for Linux. We only include free and open source software.
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Let’s explore the 10 anti-malware tools. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources.
|ClamAV||Antivirus engine for detecting trojans, viruses, malware and other threats|
|YARA||Pattern matching swiss knife for malware researchers|
|ClamTk||Graphical frontend for ClamAV|
|LMD||Malware scanner focusing on threats faced in shared hosted environments|
|phpMussel||PHP-based anti-virus anti-trojan anti-malware solution|
|Unhide||Forensic tool to find hidden processes and TCP/UDP ports|
|Rootkit Hunter||Scans for rootkits, backdoors and possible local exploits|
|libredefender||Antivirus program using libclamav|
|chkrootkit||Locally checks for signs of a rootkit|
Read our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. The collection covers all categories of software.
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