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Using Linux To Kill Windows Malware

posted 9 Jun 2012, 06:01 by Alistair Hamilton   [ updated 6 Sep 2012, 01:00 ]
If you've been unfortunate enough to have your Windows machine infested with malware (and who hasn't?) then you may know how difficult it is to get rid of some of these critters.

Malware developers are very sophisticated these days employing all sorts of techniques to confuse/disable anti-malware software and other tools from allowing an easy removal.

Perhaps the most effective method of getting around this issue is by using Linux.

Boot into a live Linux CD or USB and manually delete the malware application and associated files. This is where Google is your friend in listing the files you need to delete. Note that you may need to go back into Windows and manually remove registry settings.

While still in Linux, you can download and run a Linux based anti-malware tool, such as BitDefender, Avast or AVG. This ensures that the malware, because it isn't running while in Linux, doesn't block the software or hides itself etc.

If you are having malware issues, then give me a call to arrange a visit and repair.