Virus Protection With F-PROT Antivirus On Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

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Author: Falko Timme

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

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

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

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):


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, provides a GUI for F-PROT (called XFPROT) that we can install as follows:

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]
Comment=Anti-Virus Application

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

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