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The 6 Best Free Linux Antivirus Programs


There's a misconception that Linux users don't need antivirus software. Linux is more secure than Windows, that's for sure. However, antivirus is vital for any computer, Windows, Linux, or Mac. Furthermore, with the prevalence of malware and ransomware, and the increase in malware targeting Linux systems, it is essential to install a Linux antivirus suite.

Unsure about which Linux antivirus suite to choose? Check out these best free Linux antivirus programs you can install right now.

The Best Free Linux Antivirus Tools

The best free Linux antivirus tools are:

Sophos Antivirus for Linux

Comodo Antivirus for Linux

Clam AV



Rootkit Hunter

The first four options are antivirus suites. The final two are anti-rootkit tools but can help your system under certain circumstances.

1. Sophos Antivirus for Linux

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Sophos Antivirus for Linux is a fantastic free antivirus solution. It uses strong heuristics-based detection to discover unexpected threats. There's also both on-demand and real-time scanning options, while Sophos Live Protection uses the same threat database as Windows and macOS to ensure excellent antivirus coverage.