installing bitdefender

Alexandra Zaharia f0rg3r at
Tue Feb 26 10:01:13 UTC 2008

On 2/26/08, Tomoki Taniguchi <tomoki.taniguchi at> wrote:
> has anyone recently installed bitdefender on ubuntu?
>  i was following the instructions on
>  but the link in the howto is no longer working
>  I went to the BitDefender site to see if i could find the free linux edition
>  but I couldn't find it...
>  has BitDefender stopped offering free linux products?

Hello Tomoki,

The location on the BitDefender servers is changed. Also, this Linux
free tool is now called "BitDefender Scanner".

The HowTo you pointed to is indeed outdated. I'll check and see if I'm
able to edit it with my LaunchPad account.

Here's what you need to do:

You need to have wget installed on your system:

sudo aptitude install wget

And now you need to get the BitDefender-Scanner from its new location:


Notice BitDefender now changed the package format - it's not a simple
.deb you need to install with dpkg, it's a .run file, namely a "kit"
that you... "run". First, make it executable:

chmod 755

And now, install the .run:

sudo ./

You will get an EULA that you have to agree with by typing "accept"
and, after the install is finished, you'll be able to run BitDefender
Scanner from /opt/BitDefender-scanner/bin/bdscan

My suggestion is that you first try a signature update:

sudo /opt/BitDefender-scanner/bin/bdscan --update

For a brief listing of accepted commands, run

/opt/BitDefender-scanner/bin/bdscan --help

and for further reading, check out the files in



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