Bitdefender 2012 free for Linux Mint 12

Today I was searching anti virus software for Linux and I came across Bitdefender. Surprisingly Bitdefender gives away free licenses for home use. Here are the steps to install Bitdefender on Mint 12:

1. Go to their website http://download.bitdefender.com/SMB/Workstation_Security_and_Management/BitDefender_Antivirus_Scanner_for_Unices/Unix/Current/EN_FR_BR_RO/Linux/ and download the file BitDefender-Antivirus-Scanner-7.6-4.linux-gcc4x.i586.deb.run

2. Set the correct permission for BitDefender-Antivirus-Scanner-7.6-4.linux-gcc4x.i586.deb.run

# chmod +x BitDefender-Antivirus-Scanner-7.6-4.linux-gcc4x.i586.deb.run

3. Then install the dependencies:

#apt-get install ia32-libs libstdc++6:i386 (4.6.1-9ubuntu3, automatic), gcc-4.6-base:i386 libgcc1:i386 libc6:i386

4. There are a lot more dependencies we’ll have to install. Here a Trick how we’ll get them. We launch the Bitdefender setup script:

#sudo sh ./BitDefender-Antivirus-Scanner-7.6-4.linux-gcc4x.i586.deb.run

5. Write accept and ‘Y” yes for gui installation. The installation will fail! But thats ok (We know what we are doing)  🙂

6. Now we have to fix our dependency problem. Because apt is a fabulous package manager we can execute

# apt-get -f -y install

Which will install all the needed packages.

7. Now we can execute the install script again

#sudo sh ./BitDefender-Antivirus-Scanner-7.6-4.linux-gcc4x.i586.deb.run

8. After installing Bitdefender you can launch it form the gnome gui or form the commandline by executing

#/opt/BitDefender-scanner/bin/bdgui

9. You will have a license for 30 days. But if you look at the registration information you’ll find “get a free personal key”! Click on it, fill out the form and get 365 days of antivir protection

4 thoughts on “Bitdefender 2012 free for Linux Mint 12

  • Well the description is not for dummies and
    im a total linux newbie.

    i downloaded the file and did exactly as you wrote above.

    but when it comes to “3. Then install the dependencies:” i get the error:
    bash: syntax error near unexpected token `(‘

    Then im stuck,

    Also with “apt-get -f -y install” gets error because im not root.

    I would be glad if you can help me former windows user.

  • Thank you for this. I want to install bitdefender on peppermint 4 os. I have the email with the free link etc. Then there is the list of ones to choose from. Which one do I need for Peppermint 4? Is it the same as above (ie for Mint)?

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