Annie Gonzalez wrote:
> Recently installed Mepis 6.5. Really like it and am in the process of learning how to use it.
> Coming from Windows, security (virus/spyware protection) is a concern. Been told that Linux is secure,
unlike Windows. Recently discovered a Firewall and Virus Program on Mepis. Not sure whether these need to
be upgraded periodically as in Norton AV, and other virus and spyware programs. Do I need to scan my
computer? Does Linux perform these tasks automatically? Tried to scan an email attachment that I saved on
my desktop and got message that KlamAv needed to be activated. It put the program on my taskbar. Opened it to
check it out and when it got to Virus Browser it popped up a window that said it was installing "lots and lots
of virus information" What it actually did was hang there and wouldnt go away...and froze the computer.
> Been using Synaptic to install upgrades. Some confusing problems using it at times...
> In relation to virus protection during recent download got message that "clamav" had not installed and it
gave message "http:..clamav.net/faq.html, local version: 0.88.7/recommended version 0.91.1. How
would I deal with these? Went to clamav.net,etc. but there's a bunch of confusing, totally unfamiliar information.
> Sometimes before a download it gives a warning that I may be installing "malicious" material...???? and
it gives 3 options for download, which show the same files.
> Also, in Synaptic under Status, theres a long list of "not installed packages". I totally messed up a
previous version of Mepis when I tried to install them. What's up with these packages??? Are they
optional, or should some of them be installed?
> Appreciate any help I can get so I can keep on going with Linux
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Hi annie. I've been using Mepis for a couple of years. I never
activated KlamAv. I never scanned my computer in those 2 years. I
never scanned downloads or email attachments. I never got a virus as
far as I know. I think if I got one it would just die as it can't harm
Linux. As far a Firewall is concerned, my computer gets the internet
through a router. The router has a firewall built in I believe. So I
never installed the Mepis firewall.
As far as Synaptic, you have to understand how it works. Many of the
programs listed in Synaptic are already installed on your computer and
may need to be upgraded. You can do a global upgrade soon after you
install Mepis. After you do the global upgrade, you will periodically
be notified about upgrades. ( There is a litte icon on the panel. It
tells you whenever an upgrade is available (by changing the "0" being
show to 1, 2, 3, or whatever, depending on the number of programs
needing upgrading. The upgrades don't have to be for the virus
program. In fact, they are usually for some other program.
Anyway, if I was in your situation I would install the firewall (if I
didn't have a router), but I would probably not bother with the Klamav.
I would also do a global update. Most people do the global update with
the command line rather than Synaptic. However, if you want to use
Synaptic, you would open it, click on the icon that says "mark all
upgrades". Then the screen refreshes and tells you how many dowloads are
coming. Then you choose "Apply". The upgrades are automatically
installed after you click on "Apply".
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