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I want to install AVG 2012 antivirus on my Ubuntu 12.10, when I install it with Gdebi it gets installed without any problem, but when I try to start avg antivirus form terminal by typing following commond:
sudo avgctl --start
It show following error message:

/usr/bin/avgctl: 17: exec: /opt/avg/av/bin/avgctl: not found

When I checked the files manually they are there. I don't understand what is the problem, though my avg antivirus was working fine on my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Hope somebody will help.

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Are you using 64 bit? – devav2 Oct 24 '12 at 8:26
Yes I'm using 64-bit Ubuntu 12.10 – KashmirHackers Oct 25 '12 at 13:29

I thinks so you have to install ia32-libs package.

Full steps are as follows:

This works for both 32 and 64 bit versions of Ubuntu 10.10 and above.

Step 1 Download the linux version (.deb file) from here

Step 2 Run following command to install debian package Note: 64-bit versions of Ubuntu need ia32-libs, or similar package before install

sudo dpkg -i avg2012flx-r1795-a5274.i386.deb

Expected output is as follows

Selecting previously unselected package avg2012flx.
(Reading database ... 153531 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking avg2012flx (from avg2012flx-r1795-a5274.i386.deb) ...
Setting up avg2012flx (2012.1795) ...
Installing 'avgd' service initscripts...
Registering 'avgd' service to runlevels...
 Adding system startup for /etc/init.d/avgd ...
   /etc/rc0.d/K20avgd -> ../init.d/avgd
   /etc/rc1.d/K20avgd -> ../init.d/avgd
   /etc/rc6.d/K20avgd -> ../init.d/avgd
   /etc/rc2.d/S20avgd -> ../init.d/avgd
   /etc/rc3.d/S20avgd -> ../init.d/avgd
   /etc/rc4.d/S20avgd -> ../init.d/avgd
   /etc/rc5.d/S20avgd -> ../init.d/avgd
AVG command line controller
Copyright (c) 2012 AVG Technologies CZ

License was successfully changed.
Operation successful.
Please do configuration with /opt/avg/av/bin/avgsetup
Generating unique user id
Processing command line ...
Cfg file not specified using /opt/avg/av/cfg/diagcfg.xml.
New installation ID succesffully generated.
 * Starting avgd ...                                                     [ ok ]
Processing triggers for man-db ...

Step 3 Reboot the PC to initialize AVG. Alternatively you could run

sudo /etc/init.d/avgd start

Step 4 Run following command to update virus database

sudo avgupdate

Expected output is as follows

AVG command line update
Copyright (c) 2012 AVG Technologies CZ

Running update.
Downloading file:  u12iavi5350u5270wc.bin                      1 /  1    2.01 M
Preparing installation...
100% [===================================>]

Update was successfully completed.

Useful Commands

To Start AVG Anti-Virus run following command

sudo avgctl --start

For Scanning a Virus

avgscan -H /desire_folder
avgscan --heur /

To Update a Virus Databases

sudo avgupdate --priority 2
sudo avgupdate -p 3
sudo avgupdate -p 4

Source : How to Install AVG Free Antivirus Software on Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04

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No sir, after registering with license xxxx xxxx xxxxx xxxx it shows following error /usr/bin/avgctl: 17: exec: /opt/avg/av/bin/avgctl: not found – KashmirHackers Oct 25 '12 at 13:34
xxxx xxxx xxxxx xxxx is not the actual license. It comes with the installation. BTW run "apt-get update; sudo apt-get -y install ia32-libs" to install necessary libraries and then try "avgctl" – Vidyadhar Oct 25 '12 at 16:30
Thank You Sir, for your reply,I had already installed ia32-libs and now my avg antivirus is working fine. – KashmirHackers Oct 26 '12 at 4:08
Kindly accept the ans if the above steps helped you to solve your problem – Vidyadhar Oct 26 '12 at 17:43
I had better luck installing gcc-4.6-multilib (which installs ia32-libs) on Ubuntu 12.04: sudo apt-get install gcc-4.6-multilib – Peter Gluck Feb 28 '13 at 7:16

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