Best antivirus for VPS?

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Can you guys suggest me some antivirus software to install on my VPS? will it consume less or more resource and it is necessary to have antivirus on a VPS? I am needing someone explaining me.
 

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Can you guys suggest me some antivirus software to install on my VPS? will it consume less or more resource and it is necessary to have antivirus on a VPS? I am needing someone explaining me.
You can use ClamAV, it's an open-source antivirus available on almost all linux distribution.
It should not use too much resources.
I have published a small tutorial about ClamAV usage on our knowledgebase : https://kb.virtubox.net/knowledgebase/clamav-open-source-anti-virus-linux-server/
 
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Yes I agree, ClamAV is better for use in all linux distros, I also use it on my server
 

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Depends on what you want you mean by Anti-Virus and what you want it to do?

Just scan email then ClamAV.
Scan user files and quarantine infections - Maldet.
If you want to go further and stop infections as they happen you'll need a commercial solution that scans all data uploaded to the server. Maldet is free and works well but doesn't stop malicious code from entering a server. Also the daily scan will just scan new files and you'll need to schedule a full scan as old files are also often hacked. A full scan is resource intensive so it's not something you can do daily on shared servers. And sites can be hacked in between full scans - so a commercial solution has a lot of merit. We use Eset Nod32. It's cheap and provides excellent protection. However it lacks any control panel integration and no end user notification. There are a few excellent anti-malware products that can integrate but they are really expensive.
 
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FYI : You can quarantine infections using ClamAV also. Just use --move switch. Eg, --move=/opt/ClamAV_Quarantine
 

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There are many antivirus softwares for VPS and are FREEEE: Examples are ClamAV, Sophos, and Comodo. Best choice would be Sophos or ClamAV, they are widely Linux friendly. They are both easy to install and navigate. ClamAV can be enough for Linux but if you or clients are using multiple different devices you may want to try Sophos because this software can also prevent and remove malwares from androids, windows, and on MAC. It was the top pick free VPS antivirus in terms of performance.

They should not eat up many resources even when updates of the antivirus is necessary.
Linux Desktops are very well protected against viruses or scanners. However, to be sure of preventing powerful malwares, malicious codes, hackers, etc. to affect your system, better install one and it is free anyway. Then you are super protected :D
 

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Other than this recommendations,Comodo,ClamAV,I would say Immunet.This is a free AV for Windows Server that utilizes real-time cloud analytics drawn from millions of end-users to provide virus detection. It is based on Clamwin, the Windows port of renowned open-source antivirus ClamAV.Despite its outdated interface ,this one worth's trying.
 

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The answer should be based on your OS distro, whether you use any control panels and whether you are looking for paid or free solutions. ClamAV is a well known free scanner but you need to put your own scripts in case you need automatic scanning. But sometimes ClamAV scan can overkill the servef resources based on how many files you need to scan or how you manage the scan script. MalDet is a good one [ especially if you can integrate the ClamAV sigs from malware.expets ] and it helps you to automate the file scan with little configuration changes.
 

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I want to know if there is a guide to install ClamAV and documents on how to use it?
 

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What is your OS and are you using any control panel on it?
 

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I want to try this but it is possible to use an antivirus program on PC to scan files and folders on my hosting? for example, I am thinking to backup whole my Linux server and scan it from my PC. Is that a good idea?
 

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You can do that if you backup the raw files. But adds much overhead to you. Imagine you have 1000 accounts, transferred backup of those accounts to your PC, scanned all files, found 50 files under multiple accounts. In this case, you need to manually check the path of each infected files and take appropriate actions on each file on the server..maybe alert customer also. So long you have a very limited number of accounts or host your own domains, this works..but it is not practical when the number of accounts increase.
 
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You can try ClamAV with RootKit Hunter, Malware Detect, chkrootkit for linux distroes.
 

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I would suggest, go with CalmAV.

It is open source antivirus. It is used to detect the virus, malware, Trojans and malicious codes/scripts and files on the server. It is used to scan mail server too. It can be used with any platform. You just need to install the plugin for it. Updated of it are free of charge. It has command-line scanner, database scanner too.
 
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