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Monday, February 1, 2010

How to Install BitDefender in Ubuntu

BitDefender is a program to check for Windows viruses and malware. It can be run in the background or on demand when required. Once installed it can be found under Applications - Systems Tools. It can be used as an alternative to clamav/clamtk.


Add the repository by going to System -> Administration -> Software Sources and click on the 'Third

Party Software' tab. Now click on 'Add' and copy+paste the following line:
bitdefender non-free

Click on 'Close' and press 'Reload' when prompted. Ignore the 'No repository key' error (if displayed). To add the repository key open a Terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal) and copy+paste the following lines::

sudo apt-key add bd.key.asc

Now update the sources list:

sudo apt-get update

To install the graphical interface and command line program copy+paste the following line:
sudo apt-get install bitdefender-scanner-gui

Once complete you now need to log out and log back in again. a menu shortcut will be generated (Applications -> System Tools -> BitDefender Scanner).

Before running the scanner it's probably best to install the latest virus/malware signatures by clicking on the 'Update' button.


BitDefender comes with a standard 30 day free license, when first installed. It is free for private and personal use - the license can be extended to one year by requesting a new license key from For all business use a paid for license is required.

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