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    AVG Help

    I am aware that i do not really need to install an anti-virus for a linux distro, but as i am creating these machines for parents, i would feel much better doing so.

    I have successfully downloaded the tar.gz file of AVG for linux, and i can run it in terminal wonderfully.

    However when i get to the licence agreement i can not seem to find the "Accept" or "Do not accept" buttons.

    Has anybody else encounted this problem? as i can not seem to install this with apt-get or synaptic manager either.

    Seems terminal is the way to go, if i can get past this.

    Thanks in advance,

    Tom

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    press "q" then type "yes" if you agree

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    Why is it that you always forget the basics??

    Thanks problem solved.

    Tom

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    you might want to get the hang of q for quit as it's used in the "man" command.
    IMO "man" is one of the most useful linux programs around. take a look.

    Code:
    man man
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    man -k search

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmbenson View Post
    I am aware that i do not really need to install an anti-virus for a linux distro,
    bad person! Not needing anti-virus for Linux is a myth, unfortunately often perpetuated by Linux zealots themselves.

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    A myth but a rather believable one same with apple mac, i trust thier security also, in fact..

    the only security i dont trust is windows

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmbenson View Post
    A myth but a rather believable one same with apple mac, i trust thier security also, in fact..

    the only security i dont trust is windows
    There's no inherit security in either of them, it's just that Windows is a more available platform (and so more profitable). There's plenty of malware out there for Linux-type distributions including OSX.

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    I cant be so bad...im installing AVG

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    You should install AV on Linux if you are sharing files with windows systems. You're unlikely to get a virus yourself of course, but it's not good when you get blamed for being a carrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    There's no inherit security in either of them, it's just that Windows is a more available platform (and so more profitable). There's plenty of malware out there for Linux-type distributions including OSX.
    I think Linux is more secure by design, not immune to malware but less susceptible to it. Most sensible Linux users will never work as root, and will use "sudo" to run things when they need to be super user. This is a huge difference to Windows where generally speaking a limited user account limits useability, and most home users work as administrator all the time.

    AVG is not a good Linux virus checker, I don't think they maintain it. ClamAV is better.

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    OTOH, I think most end users would consider having a virus trash your /home is just as bad or even worse as losing the whole machine.

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    Malicious software that runs as a user on Linux can do far more damage than as root - I can reinstall the system, but that doesn't get my home directory back. There's a dead easy attachment-to-an-email exploit around for Gnome right now (even a script kiddie could use it).

    It can't, it's true, start opening privileged ports for example without root access, but this "Linux doesn't get viruses" mentality the media have been pushing lately is just plain dangerous.
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