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    HOWTO: Install AVG free anti-virus

    AVG Linux Free Edition - Do not exist anymore


    Tested in Feisty x86
    For Ubuntu 64-bit: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=3840641



    This guide have been totally rewritten due to the support of an avg.deb package.


    If you're looking for Anti-virus to protect Windows OS, network, servers etc. via your Linux system, you might use this instead: HOWTO: Install F-Prot anti-virus

    This one is for paranoid single home users


    NOTE: It can only scan, no more no less!


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    Q: Is 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 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 a 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 and delete viruses.

    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.



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    Before Installation

    Make sure that your sourcelist is set up correctly. If you are in doubt make a search on the forum.



    Installation

    Download The Free AVG Advisor from here (.deb) to your Desktop.

    Code:
    cd ~/Desktop
    sudo dpkg -i avg75fld-r45-a0973.i386.deb


    Launcher

    Making a launcher to start AVG

    Code:
    sudo rm -r /usr/share/applications/avggui.desktop
    sudo nano /usr/share/applications/avg.desktop
    add:
    Code:
    [Desktop Entry]
    Name=AVG Antivirus
    Comment=Antivirus
    Exec=gksudo avggui &
    Icon=/opt/grisoft/avggui/prog/pixmaps/avgico_big.png
    Terminal=false
    Type=Application
    Categories=Application;System;
    save and exit.

    You can now start AVG by going to Applications tab ---> System Tools.



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    If people want to discuss security about virus' and firewall if it needed or not, also a good place to see peoples opinion on this matter: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=131616
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    Re: HOWTO: Install AVG free anti-virus

    great stuff! thanks a lot!
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    Rebooting to ubuntu, gotta try this!

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    Worked like a charm. Thanks




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    Re: HOWTO: Install AVG free anti-virus

    Quote Originally Posted by Artificial Intelligence
    This one is for paranoid single home users

    Q: Is 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 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 a 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 and delete viruses.

    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.

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    Hi,
    Just my 2 cents worth. I see many linux users refering to "not really needing virus protection", but that is not really true. Linux may be fairly virus resistant, but we are continually exchanging files on the internet, on a LAN with other PC's and via email and other systems with users who are mostly using Windows. We will be passing on infected files to our friends and families who are using Windows if we do not scan our files for virus infections. ClamAV has been around for quite a while, but is one of the slowest programs to use that I have seen. Thanks to Artificial Intelligence we now have AVG and Fprot to use as well. My suggestion is that every Linux user should have a proper updated anti-virus program installed at all times and that Dapper should also come with one as a standard. We are in the real world here and must make sure that no-one is under any misconception here!
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    Re: HOWTO: Install AVG free anti-virus

    [QUOTE=Matchless;770718]Hi,
    Just my 2 cents worth. I see many linux users refering to "not really needing virus protection", but that is not really true.


    Finally some sense! Why is is it that every discussion on antivirus on these forums ends up with someone commenting that it is not necessary on linux. Many of us dual boot, or have work computers running windows. Some of us even carry our email around on USB flash drives (thunderbird portable) - antivirus IS necessary - however it is also extremely unfriendly in linux - as a newbie i've managed to get ClamAV installed, but now want email scanning - I use AVG on windows, but it looks like a lot of work to get it on ubuntu. Can someone please put together a simple HOW-TO that installs a AV program that does eveything that new-commers from windows would expect - otherwise they wont come!

    Sorry for the rant - I love Ubuntu and I want everyone to use it like I do - I just wory they wont spend the hours that I have getting things to work.

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    Re: HOWTO: Install AVG free anti-virus

    Hey, AI, thanks for a great HowTo! I've been a fan of AVG for so long and to have it on my Linux box just makes me feel all fuzzy inside.

    Anyway, I ran into an error when I tried to update.

    Update process failed..
    Reason: Can not create file '/opt/grisoft/avg7/var/run/avgupdate.pid'.
    Any idea what's wrong? The only thing I haven't done is to reboot. Also, I used the A) option (run as root) with avg.desktop.

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    Re: HOWTO: Install AVG free anti-virus

    Make sure it's the right launcher youp picked. The AVG made one itself which are located in accessories, don't use that one, but go to System Tools.
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    Re: HOWTO: Install AVG free anti-virus

    I know, that's why I wrote the howtos, but in the other hand I don't think we should paint the devil on the wall before it's actual is needed.

    For discussion about security, virus, firewall etc. there's a good thread here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=131616
    Last edited by Artificial Intelligence; February 26th, 2006 at 07:29 AM.
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