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I would like to access some windows programs on Ubuntu. If at all possible I would like to access programs installed on windows like antivirus software, flash, silverlight etc.

How do I do this?

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Flash install - Silverlight Install - The advantage of Linux over Windows is that there are a lot less viruses - see here - so you may not need anti-virus software - But you can use SELinux – Wilf Nov 24 '13 at 13:12
It's neither recommended nor useful to run anti-virus software made for Windows on a non-Windows system. – David Foerster Nov 24 '13 at 13:23
possible duplicate of Do I need to have 'antivirus software' installed? – Alvar Nov 24 '13 at 17:06
Ubuntu does not need an antivirus, even if you're running Windows programs. No program can ever damage your computer without your permission, so as long as you're careful you'll be fine. – Dillmo Nov 24 '13 at 18:44

You can run a lot of windows programs on Ubuntu but you'll need wine.

You cannot however run programs from your windows partition using wine. This is done on purpose because a lot of people messed up there windows installs trying to run it using (past versions of) wine.

You can check if your program works using wine by checking it here. (use the top right search bar to find your desired program)

For the examples you gave us there are Linux alternatives. For flash run this:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

I personally don't use antivirus software on my linux installation because I only give my sudo password to trusted software and I know what I'm doing but if you want to use antivirus in linux you can use avast, bitdefender, clamav or avg

Silverlight has a linux alternative called moonlight

I hope this helps

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The answer is actually yes with some quid proquos etc. ifs but and maybe's and so on.

I am not going to give you the win advice as that has already been covered.

Yes but just not the exe versions.

So clamwin has a very good linux version

to update you use cli and freshclam

go to clam web site full instructions are there, if you are dual booting then install clamwin on your windows partition and clamav through your ubuntu repo's

comodo does a paid version too

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"NO" its not possible , but for some software’s like adobe photo-shop and all, you can use wine and wine tricks for installing windows based software’s but you cant use them on ubuntu by installing them in windows.

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A) Photoshop DOES work - B) You can always use GIMP instead – Wilf Nov 24 '13 at 13:15
I know I have currently working Adobe photoshop cs6 on ma ubuntu, i was saying that you cant use softwares installed in windows on ubuntu and if you want to then you have to use wine and wine tricks as i did. and "yes" you cant use all windows based softwares on ubuntu through wine. – Sushantp606 Nov 24 '13 at 13:18
Yeah, but the questioneer is asking if you can run programs installed on his windows partition which isn't possible since wine blocked this. so Sushantp606 is correct – Arno van der Weijden Nov 24 '13 at 13:20
Whoops... Nice with the the questioneer - the the enquirer perhaps? – Wilf Nov 24 '13 at 13:23
@ArnovanderWeijden exactly thats wat i was saying. thanks – Sushantp606 Nov 24 '13 at 13:23

In generally: No. Windows and Ubuntu (Linux) are different platforms and software is developed/compiled for a specific platform. That means you can't run windows software at ubuntu and vice versa.

Have a look at SwitchingToUbuntu/FromWindows.

Anyway, there are possibilites to run windows software at ubuntu, for example using wine. But I wouldn't recommend this if it isn't really necessary. It's better to search for a ubuntu equivalent to the windows software you would like to have in ubuntu and some windows software is simple not needed with ubuntu, e.g. antivirus software.

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You can run some windows programs in wine, which can be installed from the Ubuntu Software Center. A list of which programs work in wine, and which programs don't can be found here:

As far as antivirus goes, there are some antivirus products available for Ubuntu, but they typically only scan for Windows viruses rather than linux ones. I would recommend Comodo Antivirus For Linux, though it's one of the more difficult to install, alternatively you can install ClamAV from the Ubuntu Software Center.

How To Install Software Using The Ubuntu Software Center:

How To Install Comodo Antivirus For Linux 1.1 X86-64 On Ubuntu 12.10 - Desktop X86-64:

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1st: There is almost no virus in Ubuntu provided you update;

2nd: For Windows programs you may use PlayOnLunix;

Use F-Secure to configure your firewall.

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