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I have an evil trojan to kill... I need a boot-able linux distro I can put on a USB drive, so I can scan and remove viruses. Also, I would like to use it for defragging.
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post #2 of 14
You could put linux on your usb and install a virus scanner on it.

Most liveCD's and some linux ditros can be placed on a usb. BackTrack for example or Damn Small Linux if your tight on space.
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post #3 of 14
Although I'm pretty new to linux, I think you might need to look for something else. Since linux users typically don't need to worry about spyware, trojans, or viruses, there aren't many distributions out there that will scan for them. Granted, there are linux virus scanners that you can get... but I doubt they have an extensive library like what you might expect in most windows antivirus software.

Also - since linux uses the ext3 file format, there is no file fragmentation like in NTFS, and no need to include a program to defragment.

With all that aside, your best bet would be to build a boot-CD that I highly recommend - it's called Bart PE. Google it. I've used it plenty of times to do these tasks on windows-based PC's. You'll need a CD burner though.
    
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post #4 of 14
Will Linux antivirus scan for windows viruses? It doesn't really make that much sense.

You should just reinstall. That's the solution to windows problems 90% of the time.
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I have an evil trojan to kill... I need a boot-able linux distro I can put on a USB drive, so I can scan and remove viruses. Also, I would like to use it for defragging.
You could always load a fresh install of windows in another partition, boot into the new install, run virus-scan on old partition and then you can delete the new partition. Hope that doesn't sound too confusing.
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This is for a customer. I'm doing the ultimate boot CD now. Bart's PE was confusing
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post #7 of 14
Hook his HDD up to another windows computer and scan it. That's the best solution I can think of.
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Can't... it's a laptop. I have an HDD external case... I need a 2.5" version...

The virus is downloader.generic6.aeph

I'm actually running combofix now.
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post #9 of 14
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Will Linux antivirus scan for windows viruses? It doesn't really make that much sense.

You should just reinstall. That's the solution to windows problems 90% of the time.
ClamAV scans for all sorts of viruses, and you can install AdAware in Wine and have it scan your Windows partition.
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post #10 of 14
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Will Linux antivirus scan for windows viruses? It doesn't really make that much sense.

You should just reinstall. That's the solution to windows problems 90% of the time.
1st part- I'd imagine it would at least find and delete them. After all they do take up space.

2nd part-So true. I've been "forced" to use Vista for the past month... it sux so freaking bad...

The reason I say forced is because all the stuff I'm using on Vista has left me with 1.3 GB of HDD space left... Stupid Vista...
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