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[–] Antikaon 2 points 22 points (+24|-2) ago 

Linux! :)

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[–] pm-me-your-pm 1 point 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

Linux can and does get viruses. It still comes down to what the user is dumb enough to click on.

Source: I work in a computer repair facilty

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[–] throughtheblack 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Sure, they technically exist, but it's like getting struck by lightning. Most of them target unpatched, out of date server installations. I've been running Linux for close to 15 years now and have never gotten a virus. Before, when I ran Windows, I would constantly get viruses, while being very careful what I clicked on and running usually multiple anti-viruses. I would probably re-install on average every 6 months because I would eventually get some kind of a virus I couldn't manage to get rid of.

Linux definitely has its vulnerabilities, but as long as you keep your system updated, it's pretty safe. Usually by the time I hear of a vulnerability, my system has already been patched. Most distros get patches released within a handful of hours of a vulnerability being discovered.

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[–] 8576990? 1 point 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

Clamav for GNU/Linux

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[–] chrimata 1 point 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

Indeed, an actual Antivirus program instead of the "my distro is so obscure no one probably writes viruses for it fallacy"

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[–] Vlad42 [S] 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Is there a distro that plays well with touchscreen devices?

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[–] Disappointed 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago  (edited ago)

There's Ubuntu Touch but you'll have to check up yourself how it works with whatever you have.

As for your OP question you probably dont need an antivirus but I'd look into Allowing Scripts Globally in no script and using Umatrix to take over your script blocking. Its a bit of a pain to get set up (more than No Script) but once its setup it gives a much finer grain control over each site and what it links to.

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[–] Stavon 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Android is the most popular one.

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[–] dirt-nap 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I've been running Linux mint for a while and the touch screen has worked well for me. This is on an HP laptop.

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[–] Galaxyrise 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

The Gnome3 desktop environment plays well with touch, especially with a few tweaks. Out of the box I would say Unity is the most touch friendly, but it comes with extra overhead that some people find laggy.

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[–] Tancred ago 

Didn't the CIA Wikileak show that they targeted Linux just as often as Windows?

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[–] 8576611? 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

The cost:benefit of antivirus is terrible.

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[–] Vlad42 [S] 1 point 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

At this point installing antivirus is force of habit, it's going to bug me not having it :/

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[–] varialus 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Like taxes.

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[–] thrus 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Because I did it before is a shitty reason to run a program that looks at everything on your computer. You would be better served by using the habit to do backups so if the PC starts acting oddly you just wipe it and start over it is often faster then trying to clean a virus anyhow and you know that it is gone after that.

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[–] 8576909? 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

What is it that your habit wants satisfied? A little shield in the corner that indicates "everything is fine"? I'm sure you already know about Windows' built in av. Or maybe you just want a scanner that you can run every week or month. ClamWin. It probably won't find much but may be the placebo you need.

I just know professionally that some of the worst cases of infection I have seen were on machines that had norton/kaspersky/whatever installed, active and up to date flying along fat, dumb and happy as though nothing was wrong.

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[–] Galaxyrise 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

On my windows gaming partition I don't have an active antivirus and, in addition to uBlock Origin/Privacy Badger/HTTPS Everywhere, just have a weekly malwarebytes scan set to run overnight to clean out anything that made it past the extensions.

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[–] 8587521? ago 

*NSA casually pens notes for later*

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[–] wincest1 1 point 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

Common Sense 2017

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[–] Turn_Coat 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I still have Avast, but mostly I only switch it on when something goes funky. Other than that adblockers and noscripts.

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[–] 8588343? ago  (edited ago)

I use Avast as well. It seems like it's gotten spammier in the last couple of years.

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[–] jokersmild 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Which one does the CIA recommend?

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[–] dallasmuseum 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I install NoScript in my browser and use that. It won't protect you if you get a virus, but it'll help keep you from accidentally downloading one from the web.

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[–] neogag 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

NoScript retardedly likes to launch a "look at me!!!" browser tab (NoScript author's site) every so often, which is absolutely ridiculous considering its purpose.

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[–] trillcollins 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

i dont like how u worded this shit

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[–] Donbuster 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I use avast, but its been going downhill for a few years. Always heard great things about Kaspersky business, but i'm a cheap bastard

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[–] Vlad42 [S] ago 

i'm a cheap bastard

Haha me too

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[–] throughtheblack 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Linux is free

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