Anti Virus Question

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  1. Tom Frassrand

    Tom Frassrand New Member

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    A company I work with is looking for an AV solution that allows them to have a rescue disk, something that allows them to boot off disk or thumb drive and scan a computer.


    They are not looking for a free tool necessarily, as a product that meets their strict standards would be best.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Tom
     
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  3. Tom Frassrand

    Tom Frassrand New Member

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    I called Kaspersky today and they don't offer a way to boot off of an updated CD or thumb drive. I called Trend Micro as well to no avail.
     
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    arochester Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't understand what you say about Kaspersky. The (free) Rescue Disk can be obtained from
    http://support.kaspersky.co.uk/4162

    When you have made the CD it will boot. You tell it to update online so that it is bang up-to-date. Then scan.
     
  5. Tom Frassrand

    Tom Frassrand New Member

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    That's odd, when I called them I asked about that specifically and if it would scan ext4 partitions. The woman I spoke with told me, after I was on hold, that it was a windows only based scanner and would not work for the application that I intended.
     
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    arochester Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Are you looking for something to scan Windows or Linux?

    The Kaspersky Rescue disk is based on Gentoo Linux and scans Windows.
     
  7. Tom Frassrand

    Tom Frassrand New Member

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    I want to scan Linux partitions. CentOS to be exact
     
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    Videodrome Active Member

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    I have used something called a HIRENS Boot CD. It's really just an ISO crammed full of diagnostic and virus cleaning programs.

    If the SHTF, the HIRENS probably has a program that could help.
     
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    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    I like HIRENS Boot CD also. But the ClamAV rescue disk is awesome too.
     
  11. DevynCJohnson

    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    GNU/Linux seldomly (if ever) gets viruses. Is it necessary that you have a rescue-disk virus scanner?
     
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    I was wondering if they were looking for a Linux-based system to rescue Windows.

    lol
     
  13. Archonsg

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    Been reading the thread as a "FYI" since I am relatively new so is it all right to ask a question here (in this thread... as it might be considered hijacking) that popped up when reading the above responses?

    Its with regards to the nature of AVs and why / how linux might need anti malware tools.
    Simply put, I am have been told that Linux #rarely# gets viruses (old school) as it is secure / platform hard to write virus for / maleware writers can't be bothered ... but what of malware?

    More specifically malware that are platform agnostic such as those found on file sharing / free gaming websites (I have kids ... and as much as I tell them NOT to, well ...lets say its really easy to get them to click "OK"), especially malware whose job is to track / shipon information (legally or otherwise). Barring user ignorance (I would think that most Linux users are intelligent enough to know not to just blindly click "OK") Is Linux really safe against those?
     
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    Against most of them, yes. At worst, the home directory could be affected. That would be a simple matter to fix. Generally, the only risk is doing something stupid, like using the GUI as root.
     
  15. Tom Frassrand

    Tom Frassrand New Member

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    The reason for the scan and the reason why it must be bootable and not installed is that the system is going into a secure location and prior to delivery I have to guarantee that it is free of malware etc.. I am using LVM2 and that seems to be presenting an issue as well, with limited support.

    Thanks,
    Tom
     
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    Falcao New Member

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    Well, in fact we have this solution in the company I work for. Unfortunately, the setup was made in company headquarter and I had no participation on that. Is basically a ubuntu bootable pendrive with Avira and Kapersky installed. Every time you make a scan it updates virus definition files trough Internet, then perform the scan. I would suggest you to keep googling a solution like this.
     

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