"There has been a lot of debate recently over whether or not
it's a good idea to run an anti-virus program if you're using
Linux. Reading the forums, I see a lot of misunderstandings,
particularly around what exactly it is that these anti-virus
programs do and whether or not they're necessary. I hope to clear
up some of the confusion regarding the anti-virus situation on
"When you think of an anti-virus program, especially if you're
coming from a Windows world, you think of a program that runs in
the background and scans files as they are accessed (or, perhaps
you have your entire system scanned on a regular basis) to see if
anything is infected with a virus..."
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