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Bugs & Viruses A non-OSNews-reader asks: "I've got 5 PCs that I'm trying to use to train disadvantaged young people. The problem is they are riddled with viruses and a firewall blocks me from updating them. The people in charge of maintaining the PCs won't fix them or give me the admin password (Win XP) to let me install a new or updated antivirus. The centre is being shut down in a few months. If they were working, I could still do a lot with them, so I've been looking for a good online virus scan - but they all try to download a little .exe onto your PC first, and the settings on the PCs won't allow that. Suggestions? Solutions? Links?" Read on for our recommendation. Update: It appears that this question is part of an elaborate email scam designed to propagate malware. See here for details.
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by F_u_X on Fri 25th Sep 2009 16:57 UTC
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I'd recommend burning "clamav-livecd 2" and scanning the effected computer with it. It's a linux "live OS" that doesn't install itself on your computer, but that loads and runs from cd.

It's free and - depending on your past exposure to linux - very easy to use.

Once you have loaded the cd,

1 Issue "dhclient3 eth0" as root to bring up networking (I'm assuming you have a running DHCP server on the network, which hands out leases that enables your computers to access internet).

2 Update the virus-definitions by issuing "freshclam" as root.

3 Mount the hard-disk (if it isn't already mounted, check with "mount" first) with the "mount" command Depending on your computer it's something like:
"mkdir ~/tmp"
"mount /dev/sdaX ~/tmp" or "mount /dev/hdaX ~/tmp"

Now you can scan your computer using clamAV . More info on how to scan: |

Download link to clamAV-livecd :

You need to boot from cdrom, which means you might have to ask for a bios-password. clamAV most of the times doesn't get "everything" removed from your computer, but it's certainly worth a try.

Quite frankly: They should trust you or enter the password for you. Not trusting the guy you are giving access to your computer to, is just plain dumb (unless they are the network admins...). Hope this helps.

Edit: Somebody "beat" me ;)

Edited 2009-09-25 16:58 UTC

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