Virus Protection With F-PROT Antivirus On Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

Version 1.0
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:

Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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By: Robert Hopgood

This is NO LONG VALID F-Prot no longer seems to be providing .deb or .rpm files