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Would this OS combination be free from virus?





likeabreeze
I plan to install WinXP and Ubuntu on my computer.
The details are as followed.
WinXP is for software(like,office,Photoshop,and so on) only, no internet access, no anti-virus software.
Ubuntu is for internet use.
Well, how about this combination?
Is there any problem?
Will my computer be free from virus?
Because I don't install any anti-virus software, this plan sounds not that secure, actually...
Marcuzzo
you can perfectly keep windows free from virusses.
and also, the legend that claims that there is no Linux malware is wrong.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_malware

my tips for windows XP or any version of windows:
1. set the administrator password as this defaults to a blank string.
2. Don't give your own user account admin rights but regular user rights
3. Install a good lightweight antivirus and keep it updated. I recommend avira free antivirus
4. do not log in as administrator instead use your own account and when you need to install something that you can trust, execute the installer with the run as administrator option.
5. stay away from pirated software, keygen's and cracks, believe me when I say that they are junk and that they will mess your PC up as regardless of what people say, they are packed with malware. virtualisation may help here Wink
6. stay away from porn sites Very Happy seriously
7. don't allow anything that you didn't launch or know.

and last but not least:
8. don't be paranoid Twisted Evil hehe

EDIT:
I've been using this way for years and I've never had any issues.

what you can also do is use a Linux host and install Virtualbox or similar and run windows as a guest OS.
if you make regular snapshots you can do whatever you want and revert to an older snapshot if it hit the fan.
Peterssidan
If you don't install any infected software on your computer I think you should be safe.

If you have write access to the windows partition from Ubuntu, and Ubuntu gets infected it should be possible for a virus to infect WinXP. Not that I have ever heard of such a virus.
Marcuzzo
Peterssidan wrote:
If you have write access to the windows partition from Ubuntu, and Ubuntu gets infected it should be possible for a virus to infect WinXP. Not that I have ever heard of such a virus.

the volume would still need to be mounted
ocalhoun
likeabreeze wrote:
I plan to install WinXP and Ubuntu on my computer.
The details are as followed.
WinXP is for software(like,office,Photoshop,and so on) only, no internet access, no anti-virus software.
Ubuntu is for internet use.
Well, how about this combination?
Is there any problem?
Will my computer be free from virus?
Because I don't install any anti-virus software, this plan sounds not that secure, actually...

That will work as long as you NEVER move any kind of files from the outside world on to your XP partition.

Problem is... depending on what you want to use it for, that may make it rather useless.


Like my old computer instructor said, if you want perfect network security, it's easy: unplug the cable.
(But if you want good security while also actually being useful, you're stuck with the virus vs. antivirus arms race.)


The threat of viruses is overstated often anyway.
I've had a windows vista machine running for 5 years now, with all kinds of internet activity (and plenty of pirated software downloads)... but with a decent antivirus (I use AVG free) and good practices (always scanning all downloaded files before opening), I've been unaffected by viruses the whole time.
...On a couple occasions, threats have been detected, but they were always successfully contained and destroyed by my antivirus before they caused any damage, since I scan everything before opening, and I keep my antivirus well updated.

And @Marcuzzo:
Cracks and keygens and pirated stuff is a major virus risk, relatively speaking... but I have used many clean ones. They're not all viruses. Many are perfectly clean and legit.
(I'd estimate that between 5% and 10% of them contain viruses, from my experience, though that percentage may depend on where you get them and how reputable the source is.)
darthrevan
You would be pretty safe, especially when you don't have Windows connected to the internet, assuming you don't install software via media(cdrom). It is true that Linux isn't completely safe from viruses, but the chance of getting one is very unlikely. It is virtually virus free because of the fact that there is so very few. Also you can look at the source code to make sure there isn't nothing that can be devastating to Linux.

I would say go with the setup you are mentioning if you can't use Linux full-time.
rx9876
In short answer, no.

The viruses are designed targeting weakness, and that might exists in the OS or the application softwares.

There are many platform independent softwares, so there are many platform independent viruses for them.

For example, there are some JVM viruse, PDF viruses, word viruses, excel viruses.

It's just a matter of time.
ocalhoun
rx9876 wrote:

There are many platform independent softwares, so there are many platform independent viruses for them.

For example, there are some JVM viruse, PDF viruses, word viruses, excel viruses.

But a truly platform-independent virus would be limited to interfering only with the platform-independent software running it.

A platform-independent PDF virus, for example, might be able to interfere with your linux-based PDF viewer... but that would be the full extent of the damage it could cause without having additional, platform-dependent components.
zimmer
you still need anti-virus for it.. its just your owned protection.. but if you like not protection its fine.. but most experts and admin users think for protection..
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