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Seek And Destroy Malware With An Antiviral Live CD 31

Posted by timothy
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Yx writes "CHRONOMIUM Virus Live is a GPL automatic decontamination LiveCD. It can without installing anything on your computer, seek and destroy viruses found on it. It is very useful when viruses have taken over a computer, and made it unable to work correctly. In its new 0.9 version, the GPL flavour is fully functional. So if you're doomed by those petty viruses, just try it, it may help you much! Download it here."
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Seek And Destroy Malware With An Antiviral Live CD

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  • Maybe the next version should seek and destroy bad grammar and spelling.

  • It's such an obvious idea, I can't belive it's taken this long for someone to produce it.

    I've been wondering for ages why the anti-virus companies haven't been producing this sort of thing.

    The only difficulty with the format is that it's harder to update for new viruses than a traditional virus checker, but even then it's still a good idea, and I'm sure it's a problem they could find a way around.
    • Evidently, the CD can read updates to the Virus DB and the application off of a USB drive.

      - Tony
    • Yeah, I'm responding twice to the same post... sorry.

      In terms of "an obvious idea", what I've always wanted to see is a LiveCD/Knoppix offering that could read a FAT/NTFS partition on boot and run equivalents to the following software:

      - Norton AV / ClamAV
      - AdAware
      - Spybot S&D

      By the title of the story, I thought we might have actually gotten something close ("Seek and Destroy" vs "Search and Destroy").

      - Tony
    • It's been a feature for years with Norton Antivirus, at least since the 2000 release. NAV's only limitation was that it could only read and write FAT partitions -- this was so until at least 2003, I've not tried '04.
    • The only difficulty with the format is that it's harder to update for new viruses than a traditional virus checker, but even then it's still a good idea, and I'm sure it's a problem they could find a way around.

      Couldn't they set up a small RAMDisk to store the definitions file on? Assuming it can find a valid network connection and maybe DHCP an address from it the way most of the LiveCDs i've seen do? Of course you would store the most 'current' definitions possible on the disc, in case the disc can't
  • I'd like to see this use virus definition files that are recent. Can this CD automatically download them and use them? I'd rather see this than some schmuck running around with a six month old liveCD with old virus defs.

    By the way, a USB memory stick won't cut it.
  • by rhild (659603) on Wednesday December 22, 2004 @11:14AM (#11158459) Homepage
    Anyone know if this thing can write to NTFS volumes? I couldn't tell from the English part of their website and my French ain't so good.

    If it can't write to NTFS volumes it wouldn't do me any good.
  • Anyone with a torrent link? I highly expect the server to not last too horribly long, but it's still up as of right now.
  • Call me foolish for asking-

    I'm looking to clean up a friends Windows machine in a few weeks: would this do the trick? If not, how does one go about removing all the software that's crippled a computer?

    It's pretty bad, my current suggestion is to format the drive... maybe there's a better way.

    • Ad Aware should remove most of the spyware, but there's a lot of stuff that digs itself so far into the system that it's nearly impossible to clean. I also recommend "Hijack This", although it will not remove anything it will give you a list of all running process, then with the help of google, you can disable anything that shouldn't be running. Also be sure to use "msconfig" to disable any processes that try to start at boot time that may be malware (again google is your friend).

      Of course when this is al
    • If it's mostly just adware ad not viruses, then boot up into single user (i mean "safe") mode (hit F8 on initial bootup, and select "safe mode with network support"), and log in as administrator. This will at least keep the adware startup scripts from running.
      Then, run ad-aware and spybot. Finally, take a manual look at the startup fields in the registry -- run regedit and look at the key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/ CurrentVersion/Run".
      Also, there's a bunch of startup fields that are k

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