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    [64-bit] Install AVG free and pro anti-virus for Ubuntu 64-bit

    Tested: Ubuntu 7.10 • 8.04 64 bit - Gnome

    This guide show you how to install AVG Professional Edition for Ubuntu 64-bit.

    1. F.A.Q. - Please read - Important
    2. Guide - AVG Professional Edition for Ubuntu 64-bit
    3. Guide - AVG Free Version for Ubuntu 64-bit
    4. Links


    1. - F.A.Q.

    Q: Are viruses, trojans and malware a threat to a linux system as in Windows?

    A: No, there's a very few viruses to linux and the few are not out in the wild. The way a Linux/unix is build up makes it difficult to do any serious damage to the system, in fact I've never heard from people who got their Linux/unix system infected.

    Q: So why install an anti-virus application/program?

    A: For an ordinary Linux Home user with only one OS system their's no need for Anti-virus, but people who's running network, server or dual booting with win OS this tool can be very handy to scan for virus.

    Q: I'm a home user only running Linux do I need it?

    A: No, a firewall is way better as protection in that case.


    Please also read; Ubuntu Security and Are firestarter and clamav really necessary ??



    2. AVG Professional Edition for Ubuntu 64-bit

    Before Installation

    First you need some tool to edit/build .deb packages. To the terminal;

    Code:
    sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude upgrade
    sudo aptitude install build-essential dpkg-dev fakeroot

    Installation

    Download avg75lms-r49-a1124.i386.deb and avggui-1.0-4.i386.deb from here to your Desktop.

    Fire up the terminal;

    Code:
    cd ~/Desktop
    mkdir avg75ms
    dpkg-deb --extract avg75lms-r49-a1124.i386.deb avg75ms
    dpkg-deb --control avg75lms-r49-a1124.i386.deb avg75ms/DEBIAN
    nano avg75ms/DEBIAN/control
    Under Architecture: change i386 to amd64

    Save [ctrl]+[o]
    Exit [ctrl]+[x]

    Then;

    Code:
    dpkg --build avg75ms
    sudo dpkg -i avg75ms.deb
    If it fails - Double click the newly made .deb package.

    Code:
    sudo avgscan -register
    Insert your registration code.

    Now to the AVG Gui;
    Code:
    mkdir avggui 
    dpkg-deb --extract avggui-1.0-4.i386.deb avggui
    dpkg-deb --control avggui-1.0-4.i386.deb avggui/DEBIAN
    nano avggui/DEBIAN/control
    Under Architecture: change i386 to amd64

    Save [ctrl]+[o]
    Exit [ctrl]+[x]

    Then;

    Code:
    dpkg --build avggui
    sudo dpkg -i avggui.deb
    sudo nano /usr/share/applications/avggui.desktop
    Change: Exec=avggui to Exec=gksudo avggui
    Change: Categories=GNOME;KDE;Application;Utility; to Categories=GNOME;KDE;Application;System;

    Save [ctrl]+[o]
    Exit [ctrl]+[x]

    AVG is now ready to be used.
    You can start it by Applications tab ---> System Tools ---> AVG for Linux Workstation



    3. AVG Free Version for Ubuntu 64-bit

    Before Installation

    First you need some tool to edit/build .deb packages. To the terminal;

    Code:
    sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude upgrade
    sudo aptitude install build-essential dpkg-dev fakeroot

    Installation

    Download the .deb file here to your Desktop.

    Fire up the terminal;

    Code:
    cd ~/Desktop
    mkdir free-avg
    dpkg-deb --extract avg75fld-r49-a1130.i386.deb free-avg
    dpkg-deb --control avg75fld-r49-a1130.i386.deb free-avg/DEBIAN
    nano free-avg/DEBIAN/control
    Under Architecture: change i386 to amd64

    Save [ctrl]+[o]
    Exit [ctrl]+[x]

    Code:
    dpkg --build free-avg
    sudo dpkg -i free-avg.deb
    sudo nano /usr/share/applications/avggui.desktop
    Change: Exec=avggui to Exec=gksudo avggui
    Change: Categories=GNOME;KDE;Application;Utility; to Categories=GNOME;KDE;Application;System;

    Save [ctrl]+[o]
    Exit [ctrl]+[x]

    AVG is now ready to be used.
    You can start it by Applications tab ---> System Tools ---> AVG for Linux Workstation



    4. Links

    F-Prot (anti-virus) for Ubuntu 64-bit
    Build the latest of Pidgin + Plugins
    Build the latest of Audacious
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    Re: [HOWTO] AVG Professional Edition for Ubuntu 64-bit

    I have used earlier the free version on Windows machine but found after one year of usage that AVG free doesn't catch quite a number of trojans. I don't know about the professional version.
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    Re: HOWTO: Install AVG free and pro anti-virus for Ubuntu 64-bit

    Guide updated - Now also containing the free version.
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    Re: HOWTO: Install AVG free and pro anti-virus for Ubuntu 64-bit

    When I try to run:
    Code:
    sudo dpkg -i free-avg.deb
    I receive this error message:

    Code:
    pedro@pedro-desktop:~/Setups$ sudo dpkg -i free-avg.deb
    (Leyendo la base de datos ...  
    122312 ficheros y directorios instalados actualmente.)
    Desempaquetando avg75fld (de free-avg.deb) ...
    dpkg: error al procesar free-avg.deb (--install):
     intentando sobreescribir `/opt/grisoft/lib/libgcc_s.so.1', que está también en el paquete avg75lms
    dpkg-deb: el subproceso paste fue terminado por la señal (Tubería rota)
    Se encontraron errores al procesar:
     free-avg.deb
    This is the translation (which might not be 100% acurate)

    Code:
    pedro@pedro-desktop:~/Setups$ sudo dpkg -i free-avg.deb
    (Reading Data Base ...  
    122312 Files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking avg75fld (from free-avg.deb) ...
    dpkg: error while processing free-avg.deb (--install):
     trying to overwrite `/opt/grisoft/lib/libgcc_s.so.1', which is also currently in the package avg75lms
    dpkg-deb: the subprocess "paste" was terminated by signal (Broken Pipe)
    Errors were found while processing:
     free-avg.deb
    P.S.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    I am dual booting with Windows Vista, and already have FireStarter installed, I wanted to know how strong is the AVG FREE edition's protection? Do I need to/should configure some other things to make my system more secure? Which things? Is it enough with what I already have (assuming I do install AVG AntiVirus)?
    Last edited by pedro_cesar; November 28th, 2007 at 04:14 AM. Reason: Translation Needed

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    Re: [64-bit] Install AVG free and pro anti-virus for Ubuntu 64-bit

    Try doubleclick the .deb instead.
    If it doesn't work;

    delete libgcc_s.so.1 in the /opt/grisoft/lib folder. Then try again.

    Anti-virus application is not really needed. It's used for scanning for Windows virus.
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    Re: [64-bit] Install AVG free and pro anti-virus for Ubuntu 64-bit

    I did so, and then it gave me the same error for the other file in the folder, so I erased it too (I didn't erase the /lib folder) and then it gave me the same error but for
    /opt/grisoft/avg7/bin/avgqrtctl
    I don't how smart will it be to erase a bin file.

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    Re: [64-bit] Install AVG free and pro anti-virus for Ubuntu 64-bit

    pedro_cesar, seems to me like you already installed avg once. if that is so, and you're trying to re-install or to install a new version, then you should just remove the old package and install the new one, or else delete all the files manually and install the new one.
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    Re: [64-bit] Install AVG free and pro anti-virus for Ubuntu 64-bit

    I had the same problem as pedro_cesar and I did 'sudo rm -rf /var/lib/dpkg/info/avg75*', and I was able to install AVG alright after that.
    Code:
    sudo rm -rf /var/lib/dpkg/info/avg75*
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    Re: [64-bit] Install AVG free and pro anti-virus for Ubuntu 64-bit

    thanks! It worked very good!

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    Re: [64-bit] Install AVG free and pro anti-virus for Ubuntu 64-bit

    thank you this works perfectly.

    Q: when i install WinXP on another partition, will AVG Linux be able to scan and clean those drives?
    Last edited by stellar22; January 9th, 2008 at 08:44 AM. Reason: added a related question

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