Avira is a German-produced antivirus package which has a Unix/Linux version in addition to those for Windows.

This is, largely, aimed at running the package as a daemon carrying out tasks such as scanning a mail spool directory, or shared disks/directories that more vulnerable systems may access, to catch malware before it is passed on to Windows machines.

The PDF manual for the Unix/Linux version is aimed at a 'junior sysadmin' level, and it is recommended that you read through this first, in its entirety. Anything beyond a "vanilla" configuration which scans /home will require the editing of config files.


Once you have downloaded the gzipped installation file, you have to unpack and install it. This is achieved in a terminal window as follows:

$ cd /tmp
$ gunzip ~/Downloads/antivir_workstation-pers.tar.gz
$ tar -x -f ~/Downloads/antivir_workstation-pers.tar

Note that the unpacking commands differ from that specified in the Avira documentation!

You will have created a directory containing the full Avira package in /tmp now, in running through the process I've ended up with antivir-workstation-pers-

The license key is, slightly confusingly, labelled as for Windows. However, it is perfectly usable for Linux too. Simply download or copy it into the newly created directory.

$ cp ~/Downloads/hbedv.key ./

Regrettably, the dazuko file system kernel module is no longer maintained, which means you cannot have genuine realtime scanning.

Building the package is straightforward:

$ cd antivir-workstation-pers-
$ sudo ./install

And, follow the prompts.

Antivirus/Avira (last edited 2012-07-02 10:14:29 by brian-mcneil)