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Virus Protection With F-PROT Antivirus On Ubuntu Feisty Fawn


This tutorial shows how you can install and use F-PROT Antivirus on an Ubuntu Feisty Fawn desktop. Although there aren’t many Linux viruses out there, this can be useful if you often exchange files with Windows users – it can help you to not pass on any Windows viruses (that don’t do any harm to Linux systems) to Windows users. F-PROT Antivirus for Linux is free for home use.

This document comes without warranty of any kind! I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

 

1 Installing F-PROT Antivirus

Open a browser and go to http://www.f-prot.com/download/home_user/:

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Right-click on the DEB package and select Copy Link Location. We’ll need the link to the DEB package in a minute:

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Next open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal):

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In the terminal, go to your home directory and become root:

cd ~
sudo su

Then download the DEB package (the one whose link you’ve just copied to the clipboard) like this (using the link from your clipboard):

wget http://files.f-prot.com/files/linux-x86/fp-linux-ws.deb

Install the package like this:

dpkg -i fp-linux-ws.deb

F-PROT is now installed. Unfortunately, F-PROT is a command line application, so right now we cannot use it on our desktop. Fortunately, http://web.tiscali.it/sharp/xfprot/ provides a GUI for F-PROT (called XFPROT) that we can install as follows:

wget http://web.tiscali.it/sharp/xfprot/xfprot_1.20-1_i386.deb
dpkg -i xfprot_1.20-1_i386.deb

The last thing we need is a menu entry for F-PROT which we can create in a text editor:

gedit /usr/share/applications/fprot.desktop

[Desktop Entry]
Name=F-Prot
Comment=Anti-Virus Application
Exec=xfprot
Icon=/usr/local/xfprot/icons/antivirus-48x48.png
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Categories=Application;System;

Save the file. You should now find F-PROT under Applications > System Tools > F-Prot:

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2 Using F-PROT Antivirus

After you’ve started F-PROT/XFPROT for the first time, you will be asked to accept the XFPROT license (GPL). Check I agree, don’t show this again and click on Ok:

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This is how XFPROT looks. Select the directory you’d like to scan for viruses (e.g. /home/falko) and click on F1 Scan to run the first scan:

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The scan runs in a new window where it shows if a virus was found:

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At the end of the scan, you see a report. You can close the window now.

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To read the report again, click on the F3 Report button:

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To update F-PROT’s virus signatures, click on the F2 Update button. The update happens in a new window that you can close afterwards:

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When you click on the F4 Test button, F-PROT tests itself with the EICAR test virus:

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F5 Info shows some details about your F-PROT installation:

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And F6 Virus List gives you a list of all viruses that F-PROT knows:

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If you don’t want to delete viruses manually after an F-PROT scan, you can specify in the XFPROT interface what you’d like F-PROT to do with a virus. Instead of Report only, select Interactive or Automatic in the Scan mode field. New options will then show up in the Actions to try on infected files field. Select the desired action (e.g. Delete infected files):

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Another thing you should know is that (if you haven’t chosen another Report file) F-PROT will overwrite the report file of the previous scan. Before this happens, you’ll see a warning. It is no problem to overwrite the old report file (unless you need it – then you should specify a different one for this run):

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  • F-PROT: http://www.f-prot.com
  • XFPROT: http://web.tiscali.it/sharp/xfprot
  • Ubuntu: http://www.ubuntu.com

 

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