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Old 05-15-2012, 06:52 AM   #1
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Antivirus for windows partition


Hello,

I have a windows partition on my hdd. Now when i use windows, Eset NOD32 tells me i have a virus in my SVCHOST.exe and thus i cannot delete it nor can i put it in quarantine since windows uses that file and i cannot stop the process since its an essential file.

Now back to my Linux story, i use Ubuntu 11.10, is there a program or a way to scan or clean the SVCHOST.exe? I have searched, but couldn't find anything.

Hope you guys can help me!
 
Old 05-15-2012, 07:06 AM   #2
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Now back to my Linux story, i use Ubuntu 11.10, is there a program or a way to scan or clean the SVCHOST.exe? I have searched, but couldn't find anything.
I don't know of a particular program to make Linux check a Windows installation for viruses, but I'm sure there is.

However, if you have a clear indication of svchost.exe being suspicious - why don't you simply restore that file from a recent backup (and don't forget the shadow copy for WFP)? Preferrably from one that was made before the infection.
You could also try to restore this file from the setup CD, but it's likely to be changed by one or the other Windows update, so that replacing it with an old version could cause version conflicts with other files.

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Old 05-15-2012, 08:41 AM   #3
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svchost

svchost.exe is apparently an important part of windows.
If you think it might be infected with viruses, there are solutions, just google around a bit.
I found http://www.ehow.com/how_5132341_remo...exe-virus.html very quickly.
 
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:58 AM   #4
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I don't know of a particular program to make Linux check a Windows installation for viruses, but I'm sure there is.
http://tombuntu.com/index.php/2009/0...-free-license/

is a guide to install BitDefender for Unices - which can also scan a Win partition.

been using this for some years, now.
 
Old 05-15-2012, 09:52 AM   #5
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svchost is "an important part of Windows." It is, in effect, a shell.

I suggest that you should first of all run Windows in a virtual machine, not a "dual boot" or whatever "partition." And, then, follow (what I would consider to be...) safe practices:
  1. Turn off, and then studiously remove, all of the so-called "anti-virus" software. (Such software is actually the most frequently-exploited attack vector!)
  2. Set up a blank fresh-install, turn off all "guest" accounts, set yourself up as a limited user, and assign strong and meaningful passwords to all accounts.
  3. Rename the administrative user.
  4. Be sure that you are using a "non-Home" edition, and take time to study Windows' "policy" mechanism.
 
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:43 AM   #6
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I am going for the BitDefender part first, since i have a lot of unfinished business (Movie editing) on the windows account and when i re-install windows, i have to do that project all over again.

I am downloading BitDefender now as we speak, but i am at my work, so the downloadspeed is very limited.. I will keep you up to date! Thanks for the replies!
 
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Hi there,

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I am going for the BitDefender part first, since i have a lot of unfinished business (Movie editing) on the windows account and when i re-install windows, i have to do that project all over again.
then you're doing something wrong. Okay, when you install Windows anew, you're gonna lose a lot of individual settings - both from Windows itself and from various applications, because a bit more than 15 years ago a few lunatics in Redmond had the bloody stupid idea of storing lots of application config data in the Windows registry.
But you're normally not gonna lose your actual project files.

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