Can my UNIX or Linux computer become infected with a virus?

This article provides an overview whether UNIX or Linux computer become infected with a virus.

The following sections are covered:

Applies to the following Sophos products and versions

Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux

Sophos Anti-Virus for Unix

Few viruses are currently known for UNIX or Linux. However, virus checking is necessary for these reasons:

  • UNIX or Linux computers acting as servers for other operating system client workstations can become carriers for other virus types, e.g. Windows macro viruses.
  • UNIX and Linux computers are often used as mail servers, and can check email for worms and infected attachments before they reach the desktop.
  • If your UNIX or Linux computer is running a PC emulator (a ‘soft PC’), applications running under that emulator are vulnerable to viruses, particularly macro viruses.

By default, Sophos Anti-Virus for UNIX/Linux and Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux scan for UNIX/Linux, DOS, Macintosh and all types of Windows viruses.

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