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Hello, im rather new to linux and i dont know about EVERYTHING it can do quite yet. I have a windows xp pc that is full of the usuall viruses/spyware ...
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    Cleaning up windows viruses with linux?


    Hello, im rather new to linux and i dont know about EVERYTHING it can do quite yet. I have a windows xp pc that is full of the usuall viruses/spyware and was wondering if there was any way to say plug the HD in as an external drive to a linux box and clean all that stuff off? Like a program or something?? I do alot of IT work and have to do stuff like this alot and it would make it easear on me if i had a strong way of removing this stuff. Please let me know or if you have any alternate ideas for me. Thx.

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    The easy way to do it would be to boot your infected computer from a Live CD, and then clean it up. Apparently there is a Linux Live CD called 'PLoP Linux' which is made specifically for system-restore type situations, and has a couple of anti-virus programs on it. Sounds like it might be worth checking out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spaceminer143 View Post
    The easy way to do it would be to boot your infected computer from a Live CD, and then clean it up. Apparently there is a Linux Live CD called 'PLoP Linux' which is made specifically for system-restore type situations, and has a couple of anti-virus programs on it. Sounds like it might be worth checking out.
    sweet, ill check that out thanks.

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    There are a couple of different live linux distros that are good for this. I like systemrescue cd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reed9 View Post
    There are a couple of different live linux distros that are good for this. I like systemrescue cd.
    do you know if that has the antivirus pre installed?

    I try'd to use that plop linux and it has no GUI, and i was unable to find much documentation on it to help me through. Like i said, im pretty new to the linux world still.

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    SystemRescue CD does have clamav installed. It starts at the console by default, I believe, but you just enter "wizard" to start the GUI.

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    I use Linux to clean windows systems of viruses all the time. There are several free or cheap versions of very good scanners available. I use ClamAV, but also AVG, McAfee, and F-Prot Linux versions. For a really bad infection, I use three of these at their most sensitive heuristic settings. I get a lot of false positives that way, but it also gets the nastiest little buggers! Symantec also has a Linux version - haven't tried that yet.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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