Avast Antivirus for Ubuntu Desktop

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avast! Home Edition is a complete anti-virus package, that is is free for registered home non-commercial users. It contains an on-demand scanner with two interfaces (simple for novices and advanced for experienced users), an on-access scanner with Standard Shield (which protects against execution and opening malware programs) and an embedded e-mail scanner which scans incoming and outgoing email messages.

Install Avast Antivirus in Ubuntu

First you need to download the .deb package from here

wget http://files.avast.com/files/linux/avast4workstation_1.0.6-2_i386.deb

Now you have avast4workstation_1.0.6-2_i386.deb package.Install .deb package using the following command

sudo dpkg -i avast4workstation_1.0.6-2_i386.deb

This will complete the installation now you need to get the registration key for this you need to fill the on-line form available here and they will send registration key to your mail address

Applications Menu Setup

or this you need to run a script from the following location

cd /usr/lib/avast4workstation/share/avast/desktop

sudo ./install-desktop-entries.sh install

This will complete the application menu setup.

If you want to access you need to go to Applications--->Accessories--->avast!Antivirus

First time it will prompt for license key enter your license key you have got in our previous steps

Avast Antivirus Interface

Avast Antivirus database is updating.If you want to update click on update database

You can select the virus scan here and click on start scan

Avast antivirus version details

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70 Responses

  1. samurai says:

    Why Ububtu doesn’t use a simple form of instalation like windows? just download a software and doble click it and install

  2. mea says:

    how come i allways get this message below, and a simular in installing open office.. using your information. i belive i follow the steps..?

    dpkg: error processing avast4workstation_1.0.6-2_i386.deb (–install):
    cannot access archive: No such file or directory
    Errors were encountered while processing:

  3. Mael says:

    And if it change again, go to Support => Download => Installation files => Others => avast! Linux Edition (DEB package)

  4. noneya says:

    probably because this product is proprietary and wasnt origionaly built for a gnu/linux system

  5. hary says:

    thank you for your posting. It worked for my PC. ubuntu 13.04, AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+, RAM: 1.5 GB

  6. Matthew T says:

    When I click install in the Ubuntu Software Center, I receive a “Bad Package” warning. Is this to be expected with the file posted above by Mael?

    Thank you.

  7. A.B. says:

    Hi Matthew,

    have the same problem here, if you chose to ignore the software installs but it wont run after you try to start it.

    Is there a better Antivirus program available?

  8. chant says:

    How do i remove the avast bad installation that does not work made by the ubuntu software center?

  9. spiros says:

    i get “no such file or directory” in terminal, whats wrong with avast guys?
    i installed it 2 days ago but today the same commands wont work…..

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