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Stephen Bowles Jul 31, 2006, 01:27pm EDT Report Abuse
I have really enjoyed the past week experimenting with my Knoppix Live CD and I learn more as each day passes.

A friend of mine has three boys who spend hours every week online and his computer keeps getting messed up with viruses. I was thinking that it may be a good idea for the boys to boot into a Linux Live CD to access the Internet. Viruses cannot get onto the CD and the "Virtual drive" created in memory is gone when the power is turned off.

Am I thinking straight here? Comments appreciated.

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Lou Bot Jul 31, 2006, 01:30pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Live CD to avoid viruses
three boys + the Internet = Porn-galore

it sounds reasonable to me or yank their Internet privileges

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_MD_ Jul 31, 2006, 01:45pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Live CD to avoid viruses
Wrong. Knoppix still mounts your local harddrive even though it loads itself in RAM. Thus if you are infected with a virus (which is less likely on linux than on windoze), virus potentially could still damage MBR on the harddrive. I would say it is (somewhat) safe to unplug the harddrive and then boot a live CD. I'm saying 'somewhat' because theoreticaly, there is nothing that can stop a virus (or a good malicios programmer for that matter)

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Stephen Bowles Jul 31, 2006, 03:11pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Live CD to avoid viruses
Thanks for replies.

Now a quick follow up question for _MD_. When I have booted into Knoppix, my drives have been mounted as read only. I thought that would leave me safe. Am I wrong?

_MD_ Jul 31, 2006, 03:28pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Live CD to avoid viruses
See, viruses are not that common. Most of the time users are getting infected with spyware/adware etc... This software is 'designed' for an average user. Average user uses windows. There are way less spyware/adware for linux. Plus if you top it all up a good security (firewall, close unused ports, run only essential daemons) you have a very low chance of an unauthorized takeover.
But to answer your question, yes, it is still possible to gain access even to a readonly device.

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.:Mindful:. Aug 01, 2006, 06:07pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Live CD to avoid viruses
Plus... Spyware is really only READING your data. So it doesn't matter if it is read only.

But seriously...

Just buy those buys a crappy 1ghz POS with Linux on it. Plus DivX... so the porn is easier to watch xD. And (then the french word thats sounds like Vwah Lah. But its spelled like goochie roochie or something stupid.)


Just buy them so airsoft guns so they have a life. 4 people playing that game in a 20 yard proximity is so much fun. My friends got mini electrics. How retarded. I only use springs cause the LPEGs (Low Powered Electric Guns - Which are full size electrics but aren't as powerful as the real ones) are too expensive. And I still own them XD.

Yup. Or you can do paintball... but thats much more expensive. Get them 4 P99 plastic BB guns for like $20. And its a blast.

Kind Regards,

Scumbag Blues Aug 01, 2006, 11:16pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Live CD to avoid viruses
You mean "Voila".

It means "behold" but literally it means "look there".

You can also say "ici", but it's more vague. Basically means "here".


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