Ubuntu :: Windows - Virus Endanger The Partition And Can Be Used To Remove It?
Apr 22, 2011
I have Windows 7 partitions and Ubuntu 10.04 installed on a single hard drive with dual boot. The Windows has been infected by a fake MS Malicious Software Removal Tool (so much for the free internet security suite). Does this virus endanger the Ubuntu partition and can Ubuntu be used to remove it?
Installed Ubuntu 9.1 karmic koala in a dualboot with Windows XP to remove a virus from the windows drive. I think the virus was found but somehow I have done something to cause a invalid drive error message at startup. I read that gparted may by a way to fix this, but I don't want to do anymore damage.
This is what is displayed when I start Gparted /home/ubuntu/Desktop/Screenshot--dev-sda - GParted.png [IMG]file:///tmp/moz-screenshot.png[/IMG][IMG]file:///tmp/moz-screenshot-1.png[/IMG]
I would like to install Windows as 2. O, but when I insert the original WindowsXP SP1, it loads up the files on the disc, and after that, a blue screen shows up, telling me, i have to remove viruses and the setup breaks down. I also tried it with Windows XP Pro, but the same problem. Here is a Pic showing the exact Problem, except the upper part: PAGE-FAULT .... isnt there:
My Windows machine crashed, and I am at the mercy of my Ubuntu live-CD to solve all of my problems. I am backing up my data as I write this post. I was wondering two things: 1.) Is there a way to scan my Windows partition for viruses through the Ubuntu live-CD? I don't care much about repairing the partition, I just want to know what happened.
2.) And a few non-linux question: If I back up an infected file to an external hard disk, is it possible to infect another computer by merely connecting the disk to it? Is it possible that multiple, or all of my files have been infected? Is there a way I can open files safely on another (Windows) machine without (or at least minimalizing) fear of crashing it?
Let's say I have an avi file that contains a virus for ntfs windows xp sp3. I put that file on a linux ext3 partition. Then on a windows xp sp3 nfts computer, I connect to the partition over a network share via smb. I run the file within the share so the file is never physically on the windows xp sp3 computer. In this situation will the virus infect the windows xp ntfs partition?
I have a dual boot computer. The WindowsXP "side" has been infected with a rootkit virus. So far UBUNTU has not been affected to my knowledge. I have not yet removed the virus from the WindowsXP "side". I am thinking of deleting the NTFS partition and have the computer fully dedicated to UBUNTU. Now for my question. Is there a possibility that the virus resides in the MBR and that I need to "rebuild" the MBR to actually remove the virus?
Even more extreme, should I totally re-install UBUNTU in the name of safety and precaution.
My Ubuntu 9.10 is intalled on a partition on my computer HDD. The other partition OS is Windows XP. My Windows uses McAfee as the antiviral program. Granted that linux is at a much less risk for viruses, some still apparently can slide through on incoming emails from Windows computers.
1) Will my Windows partition McAfee protect the entire computer? 2) If not, suggestions for an anti-viral program?
I have an Acer Aspire Netbook running a dual boot with Xp and Ubuntu Netbook Version (Lucid Lynx if I am not mistaken?) Anyway I plan on selling this netbook and I need to remove the Ubuntu Partition and go back to just a full Windows Xp partition with it's recovery partition also.
is it possible to use a Windows-based recovery partition on a dual-boot computer to overwrite the Ubuntu partition and remove the GRUB loader? For instance, if you booted up your computer, accessed the hidden recovery partition and used it to reset the computer to it's factory default settings, would that effectively remove the Ubuntu partition and the GRUB loader? Would a completely new installation of Windows overwrite/uninstall Ubuntu and GRUB automatically?
For the short time Ubuntu was usable on my system I loved it. I used it for about 95% of my computing needs. I enjoyed messing around with the command line and learning the ins and outs of what makes an OS tick. Unfortunately I lost the GUI and have spent hours and hours over many months trying to get it back to no avail.Now, I am having boot issues and my computer is acting weird. I blame Windows for this as it is a perennial problem and the main reason I went to Ubuntu. I use my laptop, my only computer, for work and any downtime, like loosing the GUI, really screws my world up. So, I am going to remove Ubuntu from this machine.
How do I do this? Can I just go to Windows and remove the partition? What about the Grub? This is my main concern as I get ulcers and flop sweats when my computer doesn't boot up.
Anyone can show/tell or direct me to a guide to removing Windows 7 off my other partition? I'd just prefer to have Ubuntu 10.4 on the entire HD instead of dual booting. I came here so I didn't have to reinstall and wipe the entire HD to do so. Pretty sure there's a way to wipe 7 off the other side and update GRUB to only detect ubuntu.
I have recently decided to switch to linux as my primary OS. I currently have Windows XP installed on the larger partition on my machine. Is there a way that I can delete the XP partition, or at least re-allocate the majority of my space over to the Ubuntu side without reinstalling?
I was trying to remove my windows partition using the live CD. While Windows no longer works on my system, GParted shows that I still have 40 gb of unallocated space. Have I not properly occupied the space left after I removed the Windows partition.
I know the install is diffrent for 10.10 so figured removing would be diffrent as well. but im wanting to remove ubuntu and give back the partition to windows. i love ubuntu but i am a photographer and find myself in windows to use photoshop and the many plugins i have so much that at this point i would rather just have the extra space back for windows. and once i get a new desktop for photo work my laptop will be back on ubuntu!
my pendrive has virus. So i copied folder name "untitled folder" and pasted in desktop in suse linux. the folder (untitled) contains another folder name "file system". this file system folder contains two files (1)desktop.ini (2)pagefile.exe Then i delete the "untitled" to trash. the folder vanishes in desktop and landed in trash. When i try to empty the trash, the "untitled" refuses to get deleted. How to get rid of this virus in trash. I logged in another user not in root. even I am not able to change the permission to root.
Currently have a dual boot HTPC running windows 7 & ubuntu 9.10 , windows pulled "no longer a valid"on me after an update an i was left with a limited machine. I figure now is as good time as any to go full with a fully linux system. However, i am having some problems.
1) Windows 7 needs purged from my system.. like a cancer. I need to get rid of my sda1 windows partition. I gathered i will need gparted and grub2.. But will i need a Gpart liveCD? I need someone to take my though it.
I got and ran Gparted. My system seems to have 3 partitions with 2 unallocated spaces.
2) I will need to remount the windows partition after i reformate it and get rid of windows. I will likely need help with this as well. believe it is also worth noting that i believe wubi was used to put Ubuntu on this machine.
Since I am having troubles with sharing folders with win xp in virtualbox, I would like to know whether the following sort of idea is feasible: I want a windows xp system on which I can test my softwares with crack files - and crack files are mostly unlikely not to have viruses. Can it be used nearly full featured kind of virtually, so that this immunity to viruses can be achieved? But usual windows system usually are vulnerable to viruses; hence this question.
My machine that is running Windows XP got a virus a few months ago. Keep in mind I have NEVER used Internet Explorer.
Symptoms when CONNECTED to the internet: My volume is turned down on start-up. When the volume is on the internet explorer "clicking" noise plays frequently. In task manager there are two "iexplore.exe" processes running. As soon as I kill them they will start up again. They aren't taking up copious amounts of memory, but they are still very present. If left on for long enough pop-ups will start appearing.
Symptoms when NOT CONNECTED to the internet: None.
What I've done: I've ran a handful of the free Anti-Virus programs, e.g., AVG, ComboFix, avast!, and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware.
I believe the name of the virus is "PC Defender 2010". This has self-installed, causing popups attempting to convince the user that there is a security flaw, and that they should upgrade to the advanced version. I have looked this up, and it is definitely a virus. The virus creates a shortcut with a target in the AppData folder named defender.exe. When I went to search for this file, after having set it to show hidden files and folder, I looked in the folder, and found nothing by the name of defender.exe. Does anyone have any ideas as to how to find this file, if it even exists, and then remove the virus all together from the computer. Ideally these solutions will be executable from Windows, as the user is rather afraid of linux.
1- I m having duel boot win xp and ubuntu...most of internet downloading i do from ubuntu....i know windows virus dont run on ubuntu even they come but what about my windows partition.....is that gets affected?
2- How to shut down computer from terminal? i want to specify time also.means at 12pm it should get shutdown something like that....but before getting shut down it should close all application if possible.
I have Debian Lenny with virtual-box and I just installed Windows in it.Can I have some virus and destroy me windows on virtual box in Debian?It is recommended to install some anti virus if I think to use it for a long time?
I know that there is little need for me to install an anti-virus etc - but - I was thinking, it is a good idea to scan folders and files that I send to colleagues that run windows.Whats the best way and programme to do this? I guess I simply install an AV programme and thats it!
I believe it is a keylogger because my Facebook account has been hacked, I believe my email has as well. I heard that even if you reformat a harddrive, the virus could still sit there and apparently that is what happened to me. how to be rid of it and keep my security. I installed RKhunter and Chkrootkit. Rkhunter reports warning files while checking my filesystem. I can post a log if need be.
Lately, I've found 2-3 times an .exe file with a random name in my /home, and another data file with a random name as well. I'm a user of wine, but none of the programs that I use seems to be the cause. Last time it happened I sent it to virustotal.com, and this is the result: [URL].. So, this is clearly a virus. The two files show "nobody" in the proprietary field and "none" as group. What can I do to track down the cause? Also, telepathy-butterfly likes to hog 100% of CPU lately, and all I can do is killing it: is someone exploiting a vulnerability? if so, why the hell would he drop a win32 virus?