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 Post subject: Q: Can I use linux to boot up an infected computer?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:31 am 
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Can I use linux to boot up an infected computer?

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Our XP computer recently became infected with thinkpoint virus and whenever we try to turn it on all that comes up is a blank screen.
If we were to download and burn linux mint to a disc and boot from it in the old computer, would it work, as we were considering using its "erase entire hard disc" option and getting rid of windows and the virus all together.
Would this work?

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 Post subject: Re: Q: Can I use linux to boot up an infected computer?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:34 am 
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Absolutely you are correct. I am guessing a Desktop ? So simple easy as pie. For desktop get InfraRecorder http://infrarecorder.sourceforge.net/ FIRST and then burn recommended stable secure Ubuntu Linux 10.04 LTS (Long Term Support). Debian acknowledges stability issues in Mint. A computer operating system is called an ISO Image when it is on CD/DVD like you would purchase Windows on a CD/DVD -- ISO Image. Recommended
Go To... http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download
AND in the4 drop down window choose Ubuntu 10.04 LTS version.

INSTRUCTIONS....
95 / 98 / ME / 2000 / XP / Server 2003 / Vista: Infra Recorder
1. Download and install Infra Recorder, a free and open-source image-burning program.
2. Insert a blank CD in the drive and select Do nothing or Cancel if an autorun dialog box pops up.
3. Open Infra Recorder and click the 'Write Image' button in the main screen.
* Alternatively you can select the 'Actions' menu, then 'Burn image'.
4. Select the Ubuntu CD image file you want to use, then click 'Open'.
5. In the dialog box, click 'OK'.

(NETBOOK -- You need to buy a USB Drive NOT USB Media Storage stick (thumb drive) and same price between 10-20 dollars. You would download Ubuntu Linux 10.04 Netbook Edition available free at Softpedia for destination. Insert USB Drive and transfer it to there. Start Netbook put in drive and shut down. Upon start up keep tapping ESC (escape) KEY up top far left. Linux Options Panel now appear. )

Now when ready either on Desktop or Netbook when have the Linux ISO on CD/DVD or USB Drive and in drawer or usb port and shut down computer - then on start up (tapping continually ESC key for Netbooks) OR on Desktop the Linux options panel appears. OPTION: Test Drive Demo Mode Do Not Install.... Wipe Entire Disk and Install Linux..... Install Linux Aside Other System (Windows, dual boot) ......

NOW with the options you may even consider the dual boot system if you wish to keep XP and Linux which you can choose either to use at start up. OR if indeed you wish to just say goodbye to windows and use only Linux - simply choose to wipe the entire disk and install Linux only. This is automatic and is done in a few seconds actually and will not be stopped by Windows or any malware whatsoever.

DUAL BOOT OPTIONS / DIAGNOSE WINDOWS - REPAIR... if you are a savvy user knowing how to access system files and the windows registry - you may wish to consider these options. And PS.... when you dual boot install Linux with Windows - start Linux and you will have full access to Windows in Linux. ......

How to Fix a Windows Infection Using Linux
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/a ... linux.html

Fix the Windows Registry from a Linux Thumb Drive
http://lifehacker.com/5584762/edit-the- ... humb-drive

INFECTION INFO....
Remove ThinkPoint (Uninstall Guide)
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-r ... thinkpoint
Oct 21, 2010 ... This page contains free removal instructions for ThinkPoint. Please use this guide to uninstall ThinkPoint and any associated malware.

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