Half OT/ How to remove a virus on windows using Ubuntu

Eberhard Roloff tuxebi at gmx.de
Sat Mar 14 17:10:44 UTC 2009

Ashley Benton wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 10:56 AM, Eberhard Roloff <tuxebi at gmx.de 
> <mailto:tuxebi at gmx.de>> wrote:
>     Ashley Benton wrote:
>      > Hi, I am using Ubuntu 8.10. One of my neighbors ask me to fix his
>      > computer and I am stuck. The computer is Windows 2000 and doesn't
>     work
>      > at all by itself
>     This one puzzles me. A virus/Trojan/you name it infection nearly never
>     renders a windows computer to "doesn't work at all". Are you sure, virus
>     related issues are the only problem that you  are having here?
> It seems so about 5 trojan and 2 adware generic, Anyway all the CPU is 
> used and the computer completely unresponsive. I tried the live cd and 
> it also became unresponsive. So I just mounted the hard drive on my 
> computer, no more problem.
>     so I mounted his hard drive on my computer. From Ubuntu
>      > I tried a few anti virus programs but the only things they do is find
>      > the viruses . Since I don't know Windows I don't want just to
>     delete the
>      > files or system. Is there a program that I can use from Ubuntu to fix
>      > his Windows and get rid of the viruses?
>     Every virus scanner that I know of, both Linux and Windows, offers three
>     options on how to handle a virus that has been detected.
>     1. Just warn
>     2. delete the affected file(s)
>     3. move those files to a save place
>     Use option 3.
> I have no option, it just tell me which files are infected with what and 
> where. I tried clamav, and avg. I also tried avast but it only crashed.
I am sorry, my statement was wrong. Indeed I know positively, you can 
set those options with fprot.

in contrast, I just tested with avg and could not find any options to 
handle the virus except announcing, what is infected and deleting any 
virus found, possibly after pausing for user input.


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