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04-21-2005, 12:15 AM
I have to assume "Knoppix Hacks" hack #78 "Scan for Viruses" is defunct. I've gotten f-prot to run using Klik but have to wonder how many people are using Klik/f-prot to scan Windows boxes or if there is a "better" alternative excluding the "get an AV that runs under Windows and pay the subscription" option.

04-21-2005, 11:35 AM
Viruses? On Linux?

04-21-2005, 09:09 PM
Could you boot with the CD and a USB /home, mount and make writable the windoze hdd, then scan and clean the hdd?
Seems like a great way to clean a hdd but it would probably make a mess of the win install. :oops:

04-22-2005, 04:47 AM
Probono, I'm scanning a Windows disk, not a Linux disk.

Harryhood, I actually got f-prot to work. And since I'm scanning a FAT and not an NTFS disk, I'm not worried about corrupting the disk.

In general, I'm trying to see if anyone else is using a live Linux to scan a Windows machine. If so, are they using F-PROT or some other app?

04-22-2005, 12:05 PM
Should we really suppport the use of Linux as a "supplementary" tool to "fix" Windows' weaknesses?
(note that this is a question - I don't mean to be rude)

Please, please, please don't see Linux as another "Norton's" for Windows - it's a usable system that can replace your installation of Windows altogether. For me, deleting Windows has fixed the cause of the problem instead of mere treating the symptoms.


04-22-2005, 09:47 PM
In general, Knoppix itself touts the toolkit-for-rescuing-Windows-installations image: "Knoppix Hacks" has a whole slew of these types of hacks.

Personally, more than half the time I'm on a computer, any computer, I use Knoppix as my desktop. Most of the computers I have access to (clients, friends, family, etc) have the 381 iso on their hard drive so I can bootfrom it and free up the (possibly only) CDROM drive. Coupled with my USB drive, I have a reliable, consistent platform to answer my computer needs where ever I happen to have computer needs.

One of the only pet peeves I have with Knoppix is that Ubuntu handles installations better in-so-far-as automating security patches, etc. Ignorant/lazy users needn't do anything other than click on the big warning button that appears automatically whenever patches become available.

I view Knoppix's toolkit-for-Windows abilities not as a limit to how Knoppix should be used but as yet another reason Knoppix is such a useful IT resource.

04-22-2005, 10:02 PM
Sure, and that's perfectly ok, just for myself I have decided that I want to do more valuable things with my time than supporting Windows' weaknesses. ;-) Btw, there is BitDefender which is a commercially available and supported Virus scanner on a remastered Knoppix CD.