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  1. Joined : Oct 2014
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       12 Sep 2015 #11

    altae said: View Post
    Like I wrote, I'd use a scanner run from a live cd/dvd or usb stick. Any halfway decently written malware will hide itself from scanners run on your Windows system. Live scanners on the other hand usually run on a Linux so there is no way the malware can hide itself from the scanner. I do that on all pcs I suspect to be infected.
    SuperAntiSpyware makes a portable version you can use/run from a USB.

    SUPERAntiSpyware - SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner

    If I go to work on someones PC I generally d/l the tools I need to a CD/DVD since there is no way a CD can become infected. Call me paranoid, but I don't feel comfy plugging a USB into a possible infected computer. Even though my USB has been immunized to supposedly prevent such things.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2014
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       12 Sep 2015 #12

    Generally that's true but not if you boot an av software based on Linux. Windows viruses cannot be active under Linux meaning they cannot copy themselves onto a usb stick. Unless of course the virus is written for Windows and Linux. But such a sophisticated piece of code is very rare, the possibility of encountering something like that is near to zero.
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  3. Joined : Oct 2014
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       12 Sep 2015 #13

    altae said: View Post
    Generally that's true but not if you boot an av software based on Linux. Windows viruses cannot be active under Linux meaning they cannot copy themselves onto a usb stick. Unless of course the virus is written for Windows and Linux. But such a sophisticated piece of code is very rare, the possibility of encountering something like that is near to zero.
    Yeah that is true, but call me paranoid & in the "why take a chance" crowd. It was bad enough at the college where we had to use USB's to save our work & lot's of viruses got spread/picked up.

    Using a USB immunizer did seem to work good as during a couple lab sessions, most people picked up malware where as I didn't get anything.

    Even though, CD's are cheap & I prefer those for putting malware/clean up programs on an infected machine. There are several immunizers out there if you want to have look. Another level of protection never hurts.

    USB Immunizer | Bitdefender Labs

    Panda USB Vaccine and BitDefender USB Immunizer: Free Tools to Prevent Autorun-Based Malware Attacks - AskVG
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  4. Joined : Oct 2014
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       12 Sep 2015 #14

    I agree with you, I also prefer cds/ dvds. But nowadays there are more and more pcs that havn't got an optical drive at all. So this leaves the owners with no choice. Another reason why I prefer optical medias is the fact that booting from a usb stick can be tricky whereas booting from a cd is easy.
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  5. Joined : Oct 2014
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       12 Sep 2015 #15

    They have portable USB CD drives for good prices at Newegg. I have one that I always take with me when I work on someones PC/Laptop because CD drives are becoming less prevalent in newer products.

    LG USB 2.0 Ultra Slim External DVDRW Model GP60NB50 - Newegg.com
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