AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is trusted antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows / Linux available to download for free.
AVG Anti-Virus Free has these following features:

  • Award-winning antivirus and antispyware
  • Real-time safe internet surfing and searching
  • Quality proven by 80 million of users
  • Easy to download, install and use
  • Protection against viruses and spyware
  • Compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Linux

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is only available for single computer use for home and non commercial use.

This works for both 32 and 64 bit versions of Ubuntu 10.10 and above.

Step 1 Download the linux version (.deb file) from here

Step 2 Run following command to install debian package
Note: 64-bit versions of Ubuntu need ia32-libs, or similar package before install

sudo dpkg -i avg2012flx-r1795-a5274.i386.deb

Expected output is as follows

Selecting previously unselected package avg2012flx.
(Reading database ... 153531 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking avg2012flx (from avg2012flx-r1795-a5274.i386.deb) ...
Setting up avg2012flx (2012.1795) ...
Installing 'avgd' service initscripts...
Registering 'avgd' service to runlevels...
 Adding system startup for /etc/init.d/avgd ...
   /etc/rc0.d/K20avgd -> ../init.d/avgd
   /etc/rc1.d/K20avgd -> ../init.d/avgd
   /etc/rc6.d/K20avgd -> ../init.d/avgd
   /etc/rc2.d/S20avgd -> ../init.d/avgd
   /etc/rc3.d/S20avgd -> ../init.d/avgd
   /etc/rc4.d/S20avgd -> ../init.d/avgd
   /etc/rc5.d/S20avgd -> ../init.d/avgd
AVG command line controller
Copyright (c) 2012 AVG Technologies CZ
License was successfully changed.
Operation successful.
Please do configuration with /opt/avg/av/bin/avgsetup
Generating unique user id
Processing command line ...
Cfg file not specified using /opt/avg/av/cfg/diagcfg.xml.
New installation ID succesffully generated.
 * Starting avgd ...                                                     [ ok ]
Processing triggers for man-db ...

Step 3 Reboot the PC to initialize AVG. Alternatively you could run

sudo /etc/init.d/avgd start

Step 4 Run following command to update virus database

sudo avgupdate

Expected output is as follows

AVG command line update
Copyright (c) 2012 AVG Technologies CZ
Running update.
Downloading file:  u12iavi5350u5270wc.bin                      1 /  1    2.01 M
Preparing installation...
100% [===================================>]
Update was successfully completed.

Useful Commands

To Start AVG Anti-Virus run following command

sudo avgctl --start

For Scanning a Virus

avgscan -H /desire_folder
avgscan --heur /

To Update a Virus Databases

sudo avgupdate --priority 2
sudo avgupdate -p 3
sudo avgupdate -p 4
How to Install AVG Free Antivirus Software on Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04
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