*nix Thread, AVG Help in Technical; I am aware that i do not really need to install an anti-virus for a linux distro, but as i ...
21st May 2009, 02:17 PM #1
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,
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21st May 2009, 02:42 PM #2
press "q" then type "yes" if you agree
Thanks to CyberNerd from:
21st May 2009, 02:54 PM #3
Why is it that you always forget the basics??
Thanks problem solved.
21st May 2009, 02:57 PM #4
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.
21st May 2009, 03:04 PM #5
bad person! Not needing anti-virus for Linux is a myth, unfortunately often perpetuated by Linux zealots themselves.
Originally Posted by tmbenson
21st May 2009, 03:14 PM #6
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
21st May 2009, 03:16 PM #7
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.
Originally Posted by tmbenson
21st May 2009, 03:24 PM #8
I cant be so bad...im installing AVG
21st May 2009, 03:50 PM #9
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.
22nd May 2009, 11:23 AM #10
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.
Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey
AVG is not a good Linux virus checker, I don't think they maintain it. ClamAV is better.
22nd May 2009, 11:49 AM #11
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.
22nd May 2009, 12:42 PM #12
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.
Last edited by powdarrmonkey; 22nd May 2009 at 12:44 PM.
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