Avast is a free, non-commercial antivirus program for Windows and Linux. Although Linux is known for its lack of widespread viruses, it can still be a good idea to have antivirus software installed if you trade files with Windows users. It is possible to pass on a virus to another Windows user if you picked one up in a shared file using Linux. You can quickly download, install and run Avast in Ubuntu Linux using the command shell.
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Click "Applications" then "Accessories" and open Terminal. This is a command shell for changing system settings, downloading and installing software and a number of other system functions.
Type "wget http://files.avast.com/files/linux/avast4workstation_1.0.6-2_i386.deb" into Terminal and press "Enter." This downloads the Avast package.
Type "sudo dpkg -i avast4workstation_1.0.6-2_i386.deb" to install the Avast package to your system. Type "cd /usr/lib/avast4workstation/share/avast/desktop" then "Enter," followed by "sudo ./install-desktop-entries.sh install" to create an Applications menu entry for Avast.
Click "Applications" then "Accessories" and open Avast. This launches the application. In order to properly run it, you need to fill out a form (see link in Resources) to obtain a registration key and enter it in the box that pops up when you launch Avast.
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