Virus infection

Asked by passionguy on 2009-02-09

I m using dual boot of Windows XP & Ubuntu Gutsy. I was using AVG antivirus for my XP. I tried to scan but the GUI is not opening up. I also made a reinstall but its still not opening up. None of the options like update are not opening up. I dun know wats the cause(may be virus). I wanna know wat should i do to protect my system.

I have decided to install linux version of AVG ANTIVIRUS. Can i go ahead?

Will it affect my Ubuntu(i believe 100% it doesnt)?

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peter (peter-neuweiler) said : #1

I suggest to download Ubuntu from Do it and try again.

Hope it helps.

passionguy (fayazahmedj) said : #2

I dint mean Ubuntu reinstall but AVG antivirus reinstall. I also dint notice any issue currently in XP. But the only thing is antivirus not running.

Windows viruses don't work in Ubuntu. But Antivirus for Linux is good choise because you can scan your Windows partition for Viruses and try to delete them (this is one purpose of linux antiviruses existention).

peter (peter-neuweiler) said : #4

So I guess you have a Windows problem and not an Ubuntu problem. Because apparently you are not able to run the antivirus package in Windows.Is this correct?

passionguy (fayazahmedj) said : #5

Yes peter you are correct. I will try installing AVG antivirus for linux.

Thanks 4 ur reply....

peter (peter-neuweiler) said : #6

If it is only a Windows product. it's not possible to install it under Linux. Windows is Windows, and Linux is Linux. Maybe Wine can help you. You can find it in the Sysnaptic manager.

But maybe it's cleverer to do what Vojtech said. Install a virus program in Linux und then you can also scan the Windows partition. You can find Antivirus packages in the Synaptic manager or in the Add / Remove click. Open Synaptic or the Add / Remove click and enter Virus in the search field. But I don't know which one will be valid for Windows and Linux. Because I've only Linux on this system. Or use the Internet to find a tool.

Hope it helps.

Tom (tom6) said : #7

A good antivirus for Ubuntu is ClamAv. A great firewall is installed as standard although it's like using anti-elephant powder in the Antarctic (of course it works, how many elephants have you seen in the Antarctic?). To install ClamAv just go up to the top taskbar and click on

System - Administration - Synaptic Package Manager

It asks for your user password, not your SuperUser/Root one. Use the search button to look for Clam note that the button searches in the descriptions as well as the titles of programs. When you find it right-click on it and choose install. It needs about 4 or 5 other programs we call 'dependecies' that the main program depends on in order to function. Click on the Apply button and then click on the "Mark All Updates" and "Apply" again. This ensures that it updates the latest anti-virus definitions. AVG seems to be something that was written for Windows but clam started out in linux/unix so its better for linux systems

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

PS don't worry about Windows scares, they often turn out to be hoaxes - amazing how often that happens on a new release of Windows or on a new release of an anti-virus product.

peter (peter-neuweiler) said : #8

Yep, you can find ClamAV also in Add / Remove.

Tom (tom6) said : #9

Oh, mine couldn't find it. Synaptics is good for upgrades. Anyway i thought you were a command-line fan?

passionguy (fayazahmedj) said : #10

Thnx 4 all ur reply.....I have a AVG antivirus now installed for both Windows & Ubuntu.

Tom (tom6) said : #11

Brilliant, nicely done. Congrats and regards from
Tom :)