I know in the current time, anti-virus isn’t exactly needed for Linux,however I still wish to install some form of protective layer. I had previously downloaded a .deb for the installation of Avast! for Linux, but the Ubuntu Software Centre gave me a warning saying the file was of bad origins. I’m at a dead end here. Any help is greatly appreciated.

  • Avast! is for Windows, not Ubuntu or any other Linux. Where did you get a .deb for it? If not for it, what was the .deb for? It's not clear what you're asking here. You can open Software Center and search for clamav and install that if you want an anti-virus app on Ubuntu. – dobey Jan 21 '14 at 2:23
  • The file I downloaded was labelled as avast4workstation_1.3.0-2_i386.deb downloaded from files.avast.com/files/linux/avast4workstation_1.3.0-2_i386.deb . When I opened the .deb through the software centre, a warning had popped up saying "This Package is of Bad Quality". As far as I was aware, Avast had made versions of the Anti Virus for linux in the past, unless my reading were incorrect. Sorry for any confusion" – Jbuch14 Jan 21 '14 at 2:29
  • @dobey there is a version of avast for Linux, but the deb file is "of bad quality" it doesn't provide the right info to uninstall if I remember correctly. – TrailRider Jan 21 '14 at 3:04
  • @TrailRider Yes, so it seems to exist. However, it also seems to be old and unsupported (I can find no reference to it on avast.com and the "download" buttons all give me the Windows installer). – dobey Jan 21 '14 at 3:05
  • @Jbuch14 Have you tried just clicking the Ignore and Install Anyway button when the Bad Quality error pops up? – dobey Jan 21 '14 at 3:06

This doesn't seem to be supported any longer by Avast. As the package itself is broken, your only options are to force the install, use a different scanner such as clamav, not use a virus scanner at all, or contact Avast support to complain about the issue.

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