Linked by David Adams on Fri 25th Sep 2009 16:17 UTC
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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Politics trump technology here
by eco2geek on Fri 25th Sep 2009 19:42 UTC
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If "the people in charge of maintaining the PCs won't fix [the computers] or give [him] the admin password (Win XP) to let [him] install a new or updated antivirus" then it's not "[his] computer lab" in the first place.

Before anyone can offer him a technical solution, I think we need more information about what exactly he's allowed and not allowed to do, and what kind of trouble, if any, he'd get into if he did something radical like wiping Windows and installing Linux.

Red_devel's suggestion above, to go to the site admins' boss, is the first thing I'd do. (Also the idea of running Linux off a USB key or live CD is a good suggestion, if he's allowed to.)

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