[KB2704] How do I uninstall or reinstall ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4 for Linux Desktop?


Due to newer program releases or corrupted installations, reinstalling ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4 for Linux Desktop is sometimes necessary. The steps below demonstrate how to download, uninstall and reinstall your ESET security product.



You will need your unique username and password to download your ESET security product. Please reference your confirmation email for this information or click here to retrieve your username and password.


Please check your operating system version before downloading. RENEWALS: If you renewed after your license expired, it will take 12-24 hours before you can use your username and password to download the latest version.

  1. Download your ESET security product using the appropriate link below:

    32-bit Download    64-bit Download

  2. When prompted, click Save and save the file to your Desktop.

Uninstall ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4 for Linux Desktop


Method 1: Applications menu

  1. Click Applications System Tools ESET NOD32 Antivirus Uninstaller.
  2. After completing the uninstallation, you will be prompted to restart your system. Click Yes.

Method 2: Terminal command

  1. Open a Terminal window by clicking ApplicationsAccessories  Terminal.
  2. Type the following command and press Enter:

    cd /opt/eset/esets/bin
  3. Type the following command to run the uninstaller script:

    sudo ./esets_gil

"Error creating proxy" after running the uninstaller script

If you run the command above and receive the following "Error creating proxy" message, you can ignore it because the uninstaller will still run. If you want the Terminal to ignore the error, use the sudo command as shown above.

Error creating proxy: Error calling StartServiceByName for org.gtk.vfs.Daemon:Timeout was reached (g-io-error-quark, 24)
(esets_gil:2235): GVFS-CRITICAL **: fill_mountable_info: assertion 'proxy != NULL' failed

You can use your mouse to copy the commands in the video to paste into your Terminal. 

  1. Type your password when prompted and then press Enter
  2. Follow the on-screen prompts to remove ESET.
  3. After completing the uninstallation, you will be prompted to restart your system. Click Yes.


  1. Navigate to your Desktop or wherever you saved the installer file, right-click it, and select Properties.
  2. Click the Permissions tab and select the check box next to Allow executing file as program. Click Close.

    Figure 1-1

  3. Double-click the installer file and follow the instructions in the ESET Installation Wizard.


For more detailed installation instructions, refer to the following Knowledgebase article: How do I download and install ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4 for Linux Desktop?