How to install avast antivirus software in Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick)

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First you have to download avast anti virus software from avast website

now you will see avast web page called avast Linux home edition

you will see a Note: the program will not work with out a valid license key. To get your key places use the registration form.

You have to click on registration form now you will see a new page called “Register for your free avast 1 year license” in the you have to give full details information to register for free license you will get key to your mail.

Now you have go to avast Linux Edition (DEB Package)

now you will see opening avast 4 workstation_1.3.0-2_i386.deb box

you have to select

(.) open with “Ubuntu software Center (Default)”

press {OK} button

After completing download you will see a box called Ubuntu software Center in that you see Right side a small box called Install

just press that Install Button

after you press Install button it will ask your system password give your password and press enter

This will complete the installation

Now close your Ubuntu software Center.

Go to Applications --> Accessories --> avast anti virus

just press in avast antivirus. You will see a box in that box you have to give avast key already they send to your mail

after giving key and press enter you will get a box called avast antivirus

now you go to update database and click. It will downloading updates.

After update is over you can Scan your system in three ways

  1. home directory 2. Entire 3. Selected folder

and you have to choose type of Scan

1.Quick 2. standard 3. Thorough

That all enjoy now

Allu John Sudhakar
System/Network Administrator
UCE, OU Osmania University
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15 Responses

  1. Shyam Reddy says:

    This is avast 4. Avast 5 for linux is not yet out!

  2. xeros says:

    Does Avast support realtime scanning on Linux, already?

  3. Shyam Reddy says:

    xeros, I dont think so.

  4. ElieM says:

    mehhhhhhhhhh… why would u even use an antivirus on ubuntu, that’s beyond me.

  5. Will Gates says:

    To scan windows files of course.

  6. ??? says:

    32 bits only?

  7. dhr says:

    hmm… you will get this error “An error occured in avast! engine: Invalid argument” ….

    check your kernel.shmmax by default it is 33554432 increase it to 128000000
    sudo sysctl -w kernel.shmmax=128000000

  8. gnw says:

    Thanks dhr, that worked!

  9. abhineet says:

    thanks man…………………..keep the good work on………..

  10. patski says:

    Avast Menu disappear after reboot…


    Avast! Error

    An error occured ini avast! engine: Invalid argumen


    thank you…

  12. mike says:

    i cant install “Wrong architecture ‘i386’ ” I am using ubuntu 10.10

  13. ivan eliodoro says:

    I just uninstalled Avast4workstation_1.3.0-2_i386.deb . Now, following your steps comrade !! Let’s see what happens… I was gettin the error: “An error occured in avast! engine: Invalid argument” I’m giving it another shot. Thanks for how neat is your explanation above. Ivan.

  14. ivan eliodoro says:

    Great !! doing “sudo sysctl -w kernel.shmmax=128000000 ” (increasing the kernel.shmmax to 128000000 ) solved it. Thanks for you help.

  15. siramic says:

    As with the others, thanks dhr, that worked for me too. 🙂

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