As far as I have heard no one has ever documneted a SINGLE legitimate case of a
true 'virus' for Linux :-)
On the other hand an annoying virus could suck up resources like RAM,
disk, and CPU cycles. But most times it isn't enough to make the
machine so unusable that you can't get in a kill it. Also the judicious
use of quotas and ulimits can contain such beasts.
Now your PC is succeptable to any Boot Sector virusus out there because
Linux doesn't take control of the machine until after the BIOS has
loaded the boot loader. But it's unlikely that a program on the Unix side
would scramble the boot sector because of access restrictions.
So once again tell us what's happening.
Another random extraction from the mental bit stream of...
Byron A. Jeff - PhD student operating in parallel - And Using Linux!
I'm running a small ISP, currently using entirely FreeBSD 3.1 servers. We
use Sendmail 8.9.2 for mail.
We would like to add the facility for virus checking of all email that goes
in and out of our servers. I've looked into this and found several
SMTP-based products for Windows NT, and a couple for Solaris, but I can't
find any that would run on my current FreeBSD servers. The nearest I've
found is a product for SCO - which I believe FreeBSD can emulate - however I
dont know if this emulation would be good enough for a production server.
I'd be very surprised if there were any products that support FreeBSD
natively, but of course I can run BSDi and Linux binaries fairly easily
through emulation (and I have succesfully used binaries like this on
production servers without problems; the emulation seems excellent).
If needs be, I could even install a stand alone Linux server, e.g. if
there's a product that works under Linux but wont run (well) under
emulation. But I really dont want to have to install a NT server for this
(I'd love to install a Sparc server running Solaris.. but couldnt justify
the cost yet)
If anyone knows of any products or solutions that would work, then I would
be most appreciative.