ESET Linux Desktop Antivirus in Ubuntu
Upgrades and Updates in Ubuntu
ESET HOME DESKTOP ANTIVIRUS FOR LINUX
fter a look-see at available linux antivirus desktop offerings, we settled on ESET NOD32 Antivirus for our Ubuntu machines. Reasons being is for another post; here, I just want to provide the mechanics of installation and initial setup for Ubuntu Desktop. A rather old Alienware m9750 running 64bit Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop is what we're working with to try this out, so here goes some #sumosudo
sudo apt-get update eset
INSTALLING ESET NOD32 HOME DESKTOP ANTIVIRUS FOR LINUX
IMPORTANT! You will need to uninstall any pre-existing antivirus software solution.
Drop the installer anywhere you can easily map (~/Downloads or Desktop sound pretty good).
Right click on the downloaded installer [eset_nod32av_64bit_en_.linux] and select >Properties >Permissions; check off the box for "Execute: Allow executing file as program", then "Close" the input dialogue.
Dbl-clicking on the installer, ESET let me know I had some missing libraries that would be needed [libc6-i386]; check first to see if anything you might be missing is available thru Ubuntu SoftwareCenter - libc6-i386 was in my case so I installed the library through SoftwareCenter.
ESET also requires root credentials to run the installer, something Ubuntu doesn't readily allow. For heightened security, Ubuntu by default locks Root account password. This means that you cannot login as Root directly or use the su command to become the Root user.
Enabling the Root is necessary to run the ESET installer (my half-hearted attempts at using sudo failed). I thought about making a custom application launcher added to the quick launch bar for situations like this, but I wanted to see how Ubuntu was approaching granting root credentials anyway, so was ok with temporarily enabling a root account with password here to just get ESET installed. If you are needing a persistent Root login, the best alternative is to simulate a Root login shell using the following command:
$ sudo -i
To enable the Root account (i.e. set a password) use:
$ sudo passwd root
I've left mine for now to look into this some more, but here you should probably redisable the root account:
$ sudo passwd -dl root
The ESET installer will run now off the root password we just set; dbl-click again on the installer and follow the prompts to complete installation. A system restart is required, but ESET launches at startup and will of course update the virus database and perform an initial scan.
Optional, but I typically like to ensure newly installed applications that weren't handled through SoftwareCenter are showing correctly from within the Dash. From the Unity interface quick launch bar, Search the Dash Applications for ESET just to make sure it is there:
ESET for Linux Desktop prevents malware through detection of multi-platform threats, regardless of what system is being targeted - Windows®, Linux or Mac® OS. Now that's some #sumosudo! Lend me your thoughts on this approach, as well as functional alternatives.
No system is completely immune to digital threats; appropriately protecting your linux devices and systems is essential. This post serves for your reference as one method for installing ESET NOD32 Antivirusfor Linux in Ubuntu. We will absolutely post back similar once we install for ESET Server Antivirus. #sumosudo
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SYSCONFIG: the as-is testing enviro system configuration at the time of this article =
HARDWARE: Alienware Area-51 M9750 [Memory: 4GB RAM; Processer: Intel® Core™2 CPU T7200 @ 2.00GHz × 2; Graphics: Gallium 0.4 on NV49; SSD: Samsung 840 Evo 120GB; HDD: Western Digital Blue 500GB]
SOFTWARE: Operating System [Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 LTS 64-bit]; Antivirus [ESET NOD32 Antivirus 184.108.40.206]