Although I have grand plans for my Download a la Mode workshop coming up in August, one of the options I can present now is that it would be great to give people a flash drive with a bootable UbuntuLinux that includes anti-virus and anti-spyware tools on it. This would allow users to boot from the Flash drive, then “clean” their computers off.

To that end, I’ve researched some of the antivirus programs that will run on UbuntuLinux, such as Avast AntiVirus (home/personal use, not commercial) and/or ClamAV (FOSS). Unfortunately, I’m having a bit of trouble getting the Windows based anti-spyware tools to work–like Malware Bytes–but SuperAntiSpyware and Spybot Search and Destroy did install and worked fine. That should be enough to get started.

Perhaps, it would be more helpful to create a bootable Windows flash drive and install programs on there that can access the target hard drive. Considering these two approaches:

  1. UBCD for Windows
  2. Creating a boot USB Flash Drive for Windows

Whether this gets done or not in time for the workshop, well, not sure.

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