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One great advantage of using Linux (Ubuntu) is the fact that you don’t really have to worry about security and hence viruses. However, this does not mean that you should not use an anti-virus on your Ubuntu machine. Especially when you can get a good anit-virus for free. BitDefender for Unices is one such anti-virus solution for Linux and you can get it for free. Let’s see how to get a free license of BitDefender anti-virus for your Ubuntu machine and how to install it on your Ubuntu machine.

BitDefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices is a versatile on-demand scanner built for Linux and FreeBSD systems. It provides antivirus and antispyware scanning for both UNIX-based and Windows-based partitions.

BitDefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices is highly customizable and capable of script and extension-based integration with various applications such as file managers and mail clients.

Get a free home license for BitDefender
Before we download and install BitDefender on Ubuntu, let’s first get a free license copy of BitDefender. Please remember that the free copy of BitDefender is only for non-commercial home usage. In case you want to use it for business purpose please get a valid license. In order to request a free license go to the following page:
http://www.bitdefender.com/site/Products/ScannerLicense/

Fill in the information and accept the license agreement to get the license key to your email.

Download Free BitDefender Antivirus for Linux

  1. On the following page, click download, enter your details to download the free BitDefender antivirus:
    http://www.bitdefender.com/PRODUCT-80-en–BitDefender-Antivirus-Scanner-for-Unices.html
  2. Once you have filled the information the download link will be sent to your email address.
  3. Click the download link that you received in your email and click BitDefender Antivirus scanner for Unices (Linux, FreeBSD).
  4. On the next page click Download.
  5. Click EN_FR_BR_RO/ and click Linux on the following page.
  6. You’ll see many links on the page. Depending on the version of Linux and your OS (32 or 64 bit), you can download the files. In our case we’ll download the following file:
    BitDefender-Antivirus-Scanner-7.6-4.linux-gcc4x.i586.deb.run

Install the downloaded BitDefender anti-virus

  1. Hit Alt+F2 to bring up the run prompt. Type “gnome-terminal” to open a terminal window.
  2. Go to the directory where you download the file (In my case it is MyDownloads).
    cd MyDownloads
  3. Type the following command
    sudo sh BitDefender-Antivirus-Scanner-7.6-4.linux-gcc4x.i586.deb.run
  4. You’ll be prompted with the end user licence agreement. At the end of the license type “accept” (without quotes). This will begin the installation of BitDefender antivirus on your machine.

Installing BitDefender on Ubuntu

Running Bitdefender

    1. After you have successfully installed the anti-virus go to Applications->System Tools->BitDefender Scanner to see the anti-virus in action.
    2. Enter the free key that you requested and received in your email to get the free 1 year license.

entering BitDefender key

  1. All that is left is to update your anti-virus and to run a scan.

We hope this will make your Ubuntu installation better secured.

This article was written by Vivek Kumar from LinuxHub.net, a blog focused on Linux tutorials (how-to’s), technology and news.

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