Top 5 Antivirus Apps For Ubuntu 16.04 and 14.04

Hello everybody, how are you all this Monday morning? I hope you all had a healthy breakfast to start your day off. I am trying to cut back on coffee and tea in the morning, apparently some new study says, lol I am joking but anyway check out this little linux guide I just put together regarding whether or not you need an Antivirus software for your Ubuntu OS, I then added a list of the best Antivirus protection Ubuntu.

Do you need an Antivirus Software on Ubuntu?

Yes, yes you do need some sort of antivirus app for your Ubuntu OS and my reason for saying that is simple. Viruses exist for every known OS. It is true that Ubuntu/Linux systems are safer and more naturally protected against Viruses but the REAL truth is that Linux systems are not as popular as Windows or MAC systems so those that make viruses don’t see a need to program viruses for Linux when most desktop users in the world still operate on a Windows OS. So my point is, it is better to get a good Antivirus for your Linux or Ubuntu computer now because sooner or later, as Ubuntu becomes more user friendly, more and more viruses will appear,kind of like how the world is right now, we have more doctors and scientists creating viruses for profit and population control these days than those trying to save patients, you get my point, protect yourself and your OS.


#1. Download Comodo Antivirus for Ubuntu

Comodo Antivirus for Ubuntu

Install Comodo Antivirus on Ubuntu

Comodo Antivirus for Linux (CAVL) offers the same great virus protection as our Windows software with the added benefit of a fully configurable anti-spam system.

Featuring on-access and on-demand virus scanners, CAVL also uses cloud based behavior analysis of unknown files to provide unrivaled protection against zero-day malware. The powerful AV engine is complemented by a highly configurable mail gateway to filter spam and block email-borne threats.

Comodo Features:

  • Proactive AV protection intercepts all known threats
  • Automatic updates for the most up-to-date virus protection
  • Includes scan scheduler, detailed event viewer and custom scan profiles
  • Mail filter is compatible with Postfix, qmail, Sendmail and Exim MTA’s
  • Install and forget. No annoying false alarms, just solid virus protection.

#2. Download ClamAV Antivirus for Ubuntu

ClamAV antivirus for Ubuntu

Install ClamAV Antivirus on Ubuntu

ClamAV is an open source (GPL) anti-virus engine used in a variety of situations including email scanning, web scanning, and end point security. It provides a number of utilities including a flexible and scalable multi-threaded daemon, a command line scanner and an advanced tool for automatic database updates.

ClamAV Features:

  • Command-line scanner
  • Milter interface for sendmail
  • Advanced database updater with support for scripted updates and digital signatures
  • Virus database updated multiple times per day
  • Built-in support for all standard mail file formats
  • Built-in support for various archive formats, including Zip, RAR, Dmg, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, OLE2, Cabinet, CHM, BinHex, SIS and others
  • Built-in support for ELF executables and Portable Executable files packed with UPX, FSG, Petite, NsPack, wwpack32, MEW, Upack and obfuscated with SUE, Y0da Cryptor and others
  • Built-in support for popular document formats including MS Office and MacOffice files, HTML, Flash, RTF and PDF

#3. Download ESET NOD32 Antivirus for Ubuntu

Download ESET NOD32 For Linux

Install ESET NOD32 For Linux

Shield your Linux workstation from threat engineered for Linux, as well as all cross-platform malware that could pass on to other Windows or Apple computers in the network. ESET NOD32 Antivirus for Linux Desktop is a fully fledged antivirus solution that plays an essential role in protecting your online identity.

Key Benefits

  • Detects Multi Platform Threats – ESET’s solution for Linux Desktop stops all threats regardless of what operating systems they are targeting – Windows, Linux, or Mac OS.
  • Strong, Proactive Protection – Detecting viruses including new ones in real time, using heuristic analysis of program’s ThreatSense scanning engine.
  • Low System Footprint – Ensures that the system boots quickly and causes no computer slowdowns
  • Simple Operation with an on-screen graphical interface developed for the Linux desktop environment.

#4. Download Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Ubuntu

kaspersky For Linux

Install kaspersky For Linux

Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Linux provides corporate networks running Unix-based operating systems on their endpoint machines with centralized protection from all types of malware and potentially dangerous programs. Coming from a product family based on a uniform set of world-class anti-malware and other core technologies, Kaspersky Lab’s innovative new antivirus engine uses cutting-edge component architecture to increase performance and stability, providing reliable protection that’s easy to control and manage.

Kaspersky Features:

  • New antivirus engine
    The application is based on a completely new antivirus engine that dramatically increases system scanning speed, optimizes the use of system resources and has minimal impact on other programs.
  • Improved centralized administration
    A range of improvements has brought the application’s manageability to a new level. In addition, the new version of Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Linux is fully supported by Kaspersky Security Center, a centralized management tool that makes it easy to complete a variety of IT security management tasks, starting from remote deployment of the endpoint security applications through to generation of system event reports.
  • Enhanced heuristic analyzer
    Traditional signature scanning is supplemented with the improved heuristic analyzer. This helps to detect currently unknown threats which are similar to those that have already been detected, and significantly strengthens the overall protection level.

5. Download F-PROT Antivirus for Ubuntu

Get F-Prot Antivirus for Ubuntu

Install F-Prot antivirus on Ubuntu

F-PROT Antivirus builds on the product’s history of reliability, ease-of-use and speed to provide a powerful yet affordable antivirus solution.

F-PROT Antivirus for Linux Workstations is fast, efficient and easy to use. It protects Linux workstations from the ever increasing threats of viruses, worms and other malware by detecting and disinfecting or deleting malicious programs. Unknown threats are detected with F-PROT’s heuristic technology, thus providing the strongest defense available and being the perfect solution for your laptops and desktops.

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  • Erik T

    I hit the link for Bitdefender to check it out for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, but their Ubuntu versions only go up to 12.04.
    Their archives show the latest update was October 2013. Did they lose interest? Go out of business?

    • Juniya

      I emailed them, and they claim that their version actually works for 14.04 LTS and even 14.10 — I will email them again to confirm but this is what they said. If we don’t get a reply by March, we will have to replace them with another choice.

  • jmdennis

    I appreciate this. I know this is old but Bitdefender has updates and the link you point to only has the old downloads. I did do a download of it but could not get it to run. Another program that is pretty good and will run on Ubuntu is eset.

  • livocabulary.com

    COMODO Antivirus for Ubuntu, thank you.

  • Szymon Sokół

    Have you actually tried installing Comodo Antivirus under Ubuntu 16.04? I just did. It requires libssl0.9.8, while 16.04 comes with libssl1.0.0. So, how do you go around this problem?

    • Szymon Sokół

      Well, I went to 14.04 repository, installed libssl0.9.8 from there (it doesn’t conflict with 1.0.0), and CAVL seems to work, even though RedirFS kernel module didn’t compile. I guess I’ll have to live with that.

      • AndroidRed

        lol I had a coworker and I followed your comment and helped them out! Thanks!

  • AndroidRed

    We helped them update this page, they have now removed Bitdefender as the authors have stopped updating it and instead replaced it with ESET NOD32 Antivirus for Linux. It’s updated constantly and it works.

  • comodo antivirus wunt install in ubuntu 16.04.. dont recommend it until resolved libssl0.9.8 issue

    • AndroidRed

      Fair enough but as stated by an ealier member on this site and I quote, “Well, I went to 14.04 repository, installed libssl0.9.8 from there (it doesn’t conflict with 1.0.0), and CAVL seems to work, even though RedirFS kernel module didn’t compile. I guess I’ll have to live with that.”

      So that is the current work-around for now.