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Avast Antivirus for Ubuntu 11.04/11.10

Antivirus software for Ubuntu Users – is it optional ?

Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) or 11.10 (Few alpha versions has arrived, the stable will be released after few months) or 10.10 or any Linux based distributions are very less prone to virus attacks or malwares, spywares (or any similar *wares). The reason is pretty straight forward – First Linux based operating systems are highly secure and the second reason is that Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista, 7 ..) has been the targeted systems for crackers / hackers or malicious programmers (may be due to the fact that most of the common users uses Microsoft Windows operating system).

Therefore, in general, you don’t need to install any antivirus software on Ubuntu; it’s OK!

Avast for Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/11.10..

I have tried avast antivirus on Window 7, it was really good, and its basic version is free for Windows as well as Linux based OS such as Ubuntu! For ubuntu there is another antivirus software called – ClamAV, a simple and effective antivirus application. Avast is a antivirus software program based on central scanning engine (ICSA Lab certified), although it is a proprietary software but the ‘Linux Home Edition’ is available for personal and non commercial uses (Pro version provides extended functionality and features (e.g Command Line Scanner) for some price), free of cost.


Anyway, if you want to try Avast then you need to download the debian package and install it – either from command line or using Ubuntu Software Center.

How to install Avast on Ubuntu (11.04/11.10/..)

step 1 : Download the debian package.

Download Free Avast Antivirus for Ubuntu

step 2 : Install the *.deb package by Right Click -> Open with Ubuntu Software Center, and click on install button and relax! or just enter the following command –

cd move_to_target_directory
sudo dpkg -i file_name.deb

step 3 : To start using avast antivirus software, You need to Register with avast to get a free license key (Don’t worry it’s free!). The license key will be delivered to your email address within 24 hours (usually withing a couple of hours).

step 4 : Start the program and enter the license key. That’s all!

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Antivirus software for Ubuntu

Actually there aren’t so many options available in choosing right antivirus software(in comparison to other applications) on Ubuntu 9.10 or 10.04 because Linux based operating system is not vulnerable to the most of the viruses and  *wares(Due to the Fact that,Some years ago,only windows XP or other windows NT based operating system were suitable for common users so crackers and virus programmers had busy in creating viruses for windows OS. Another reason is that Linux based operating systems are much secure than windows).

antivirus software for ubuntu available now

But know things has changed and now Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx is becoming popular among common desktop users(for Home use as well as professional purposes due to the benefits of Open Source tools). That’s why It is a good idea to use antivirus tools in Ubuntu 10.04.Some Common and most recommended antivirus software for Ubuntu 10.04 is ClamAV and Avast.


Anyway, I don’t prefer to use any antivirus softwares on Ubuntu Linux based operating systems such as Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) or 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) or 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) or Linux Mint or Fedora… If you really want to secure yourself from cyber threats then first secure yourself on the Internet. Here are some good recommendation for a beginner :

  • Use strong passwords (Learn how to make strong passwords)
  • Always type url in the browser e.g http://www.amazon.com
  • check https (secure padlock) in the address bar before entering any confidential information on any website
  • Use Logout for closing a session

More details about the any antivirus software

Install Clamav on Ubuntu

Install Avast on Ubuntu

That’s All.. Have Fun!

avast for ubuntu

Avast for Ubuntu 10.04

avast for ubuntu

In fact Ubuntu 10.04 or any other Linux based systems are not so vulnerable to viruses and worms because most of these malicious programs were developed for windows platform with .exe executables so they are harmless for ubuntu 10.04.One more fact is that,Ubuntu(or any GNU-Linux OS) security policy and strategy is very secure as compare to other operating system like windows and mac.So If you want to install antivirus software for scanning other media or other drives then Avast Antivirus is a good choice.
Avast antivirus has many edition like FREE,PRO and others but FREE edition is sufficient for common Internet users.

How to Install Avast Antivirus software on Ubuntu 10.04

1. Download avast(FREE Version) from its official website(click below on the download link and then a window will appear-save the .deb file on your computer).
Download Avast for Ubuntu

2. Go to download(or other location where you have just downloaded the avast debian package );Then Open avast4workstation_1.3.0-2_i386.deb with Gdebi package Installer and then click on install Package.

3. Wait until the installation is complete(it will take less than a minute).

4. Now to use avast you will need a valid License Key(Click below and register,they will send you a valid license key by e-mail within 24 hours).
Click here to obtain free license key from avast

5. After getting the key, Go to Applications->Accessories->avast! Antivirus and enter the license key.

6. That’s All…Avast is installed successfully on your ubuntu 10.04.