[Wine] Windows Software Install

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Fri May 23 04:31:15 CDT 2008

2008/5/23 vitamin <wineforum-user at winehq.org>:

> None. Leave that for windows users. None of that stuff will work on Wine anyway. If you really want antivirus - use Linux program such as clamav for example.

The reason, by the way, is that a Windows antivirus intended to run on
Windows has to work at a very low level of the system, as low a level
as many viruses work at. This is a fiendishly difficult task, and is
really a silly way to do things IMO. And is why many antiviruses are
notorious for crippling Windows system performance and sucking up

ClamAV is a separate Unix program for scanning files, and since it's
scanning for evil that doesn't run on the host operating system its
job is a lot simpler. (Most common use for ClamAV is on mail gateways,
to protect Windows machines receiving the mail from malware in the

An AV can be useful to have on Wine, because Wine is
Windows-compatible enough to run many forms of Windows malware!


* install ClamAV inside Linux itself
* set it to check your .wine directory regularly.

Adware checkers like Lavasoft AdAware are just file checkers and run
to some extent in Wine (the appDB entry needs updating):


(Would a short form of the above be FAQ-suitable?)

- d.

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