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Mini-FAQ: "antivirus software for Linux"

May 21, 1999, 01:15 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rainer Link)

                Mini-FAQ: "antivirus software for Linux"
                        Version: 1.4
                        Maintainer: Rainer Link
                        Release date: 08.04.1999

1. About this mini-FAQ
This mini-FAQ informs you about currently available antivirus software
for Linux.

2. Overview
All listed products do not only search for known Linux-viruses (such
as Staog or Bliss), but also for known viruses for DOS/Windows, macro
viruses or Trojan Horses.
According to the producers, the Linux-version of their av-software
uses the same scanning engine as it is used at the Windows-version.
Only "Linux-native" av-software is written down here.

2.1 H+B EDV AntiVir/X
Producer/Developer: H+B EDV Datentechnik GmbH, Tettnang, Germany
Download: http://www.hbedv.com/
Version: 5.18.0, 30th March 1999
Size (compressed): approx. 0,8 MB
contact person: Martin Ritter 
Pricing: AntiVir/X is freeware for private use, but it is recommended
to register the software via eMail. 
Comments: TkAntVir, a GUI written witk Tcl/Tk is available from

2.2 NAI Netshield (uvscan) for Unix (Linux)
Producer/Developer: Network Associates, USA
Download: ftp://ftp.nai.com/pub/antivirus/unix/linux/
Version: 4.0.3 beta 1
Size (compressed): approx. 2.4 MB
contact person: support@nai.com, sales@nai.com
Pricing: should be part of the "Total Virus Defense", please ask their
sales team.

2.3 Sophos Sweep for Linux [Intel/Alpha]
Producter/Developer: Sophos UK / Sophos US
Download: http://www.sophos.com/downloads/
Version: 3.20, April 1999
Size (compressed): approx. 1 MB
contact person: Ian Whalley 
Pricing: In Germany it is freeware for private use, but it is
recommended to register it by email, phone or fax. For commercial
use please ask the sales team (sales@sophos.com)

2.4 Trend Micro Virus Scanner fuer Linux
Producer/Developer: Trend Micro, USA
Download: not available yet.
Version: 3.1, VSAPI 2.041-1208
Size (compressed): approx. 1,6 MB
contact person: David Lu 
Pricing: unkonwn
Comments: Trend Micro will reinforce the engagement in Linux.
According to
Trend Micro Germany it will be released a free version of their
scanner (without the ability to clean viruses). Also, InterScan
VirusWall will
be released for Linux around Q3/1999.

2.5 AMaViS - A Mail Virus Scanner
Developer: Christian Bricart, Juergen Quade, Mogens Kjaer
Download: http://www.aachalon.de/AMaViS/amavis.html
Version: 0.2-pre4
Size (compressed): approx. 100 KB
contact person: Christian Bricart 
Pricing: Freeware
Comments: AMaViS is not really a virus scanner, but a tool for
sendmail to check attachments for viruses using H+B EDV AntiVir/X, 
NAI NetShield, Dr Solomon's AVTK for SCO Unix or Sophos Sweep.

2.6 CyberSoft VFind Security ToolKit (VSTK) for Linux
Developer: CyberSoft Inc., United States 
Download: an evaluation copy is available upon request
Version: Current VSTK147
Size (compressed): approx. 1 MB
Contact: sales@cyber.com
Pricing: see http://www.cyber.com/products/masterprice.html
Comments: The VFind Security ToolKit is a suite of computer security
antivirus tools.

2.7 KasperskyLab AntiViral Toolkit Pro (AVP) for Linux [Intel]
Developer: KasperskyLab, Russia
Download: ftp://ftp.kaspersky.ru/eval/english/avp30lin.tgz
          http://www.avp.ru or www.avp.com
Version: 3.0 - beta 2
Size (compressed): 309 KB (scanner) + 1.2 MB (database)
Contact: sales@avp.ru or sales@avp.com
Pricing: free of charge (according to press release)
Comments: statically linked version

3. Contacting the author
If you have questions, critics or if you find an error in this
document, please write to RainerLink@gmx.de - Thanks!

4. Distribution of this document
This document may be distributed freely via eMail, in Newsgroups or 
be put on a web-site, if it is garantied that it is not altered in
any way. If you put this mini-faq on your web-site, I would be pleased
if you put a link to
on your site, too. 

(c) by Rainer Link, 04/07/1999 - All rights reserved.
All information in this document are provided "as it is".
There is no warranty, that it is faultless or that
all (known) products are listed. All trademarks are respected.
Please apologize any misspellings for the reason that English is not 
my native-language.

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