Kaspersky Unveils Free Malware Scanner for Linux

Kaspersky introduces free malware scanner for Linux

Kaspersky’s Virus Removal Tool for Linux can detect malware, adware, and legitimate programs that can be used for attacks.

Kaspersky released a dedicated free product that allows users to check Linux computers for current threats — Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool for Linux, a free application for scanning computers running a Linux-based OS and cleaning them of detected threats. 

Maher Yamout, Lead Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team,at Kaspersky, said, “There’s a common myth that Linux is mostly immune to cyberthreats: companies rarely devote funds to protecting machines running this operating system. Since this operating system is gaining traction the desktop operating system market, its growing market share quite accurately explains the growing threat landscape we witness for Linux. 

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“In the future, the number of exploits and attacks is likely to grow even more, underscoring the vital need for the installation of patches and having a reliable security solution. By releasing a free tool for scanning and cleaning Linux-based devices we aim at helping more users stay away from multiple cyberthreats. Organisations are advised to use specialised security solutions for Linux systems, such as Kaspersky Next product line,” Maher Yamout added. 

The tool can detect both malware and adware, as well as legitimate programs that can be used for attacks. This application can scan system memory, startup objects, boot sectors, and all files in the operating system for known malware. It scans files of all formats — including archived ones.