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bootable disk!!!

by David TenHulzen / March 27, 2006 11:57 PM PST

How is the best way to create a bootable disc, with antivirus and antispware progras I can run without installing any programs on the PC itself?

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Not overly useful
by joesmithers06 / March 28, 2006 12:42 AM PST
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Virus and spyware definition files are updated daily usually, so the best you could hope for is a snapshot of when you made the disc.

To make matters worse, while there are still some command line virus scanners, I don't know of any spyware removal programs that will run without Windows, and there's no way to make a LiveCD with Windows like you can Linux. You can't even simply run the programs off of the CD (floppies wouldn't hold nearly enough data) because Windows needs files to be installed on the hard drive.

It's a good idea in theory, what you want to do, but it's not really possible with Windows.

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For example...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 28, 2006 12:57 AM PST
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What's Your Definition Of Bootable Disc?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 28, 2006 6:45 AM PST
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...and which operating system/file system are you going to use it on?

Although I use the "Ultimate Boot CD" for a number of purposes, if you're going to use an antivirus or spyware scanner, it needs to be done from Windows. Normally, a bootable disk loads directly to it's own DOS style screen and DOES NOT load to Windows first. The "Ultimate Boot CD" will allow you to troubleshoot a number of issues on your computer. Unfortunately, the file system must be FAT (NOT NTFS) for it to scan for viruses/spyware. It contains 3 or 4 different antivirus scanners which also provide some amount of spyware detection but booting with it won't allow the C drive to be recognized and/or scanned on an NTFS system. An NTFS file system, such as that used for Windows 2000 or XP can't be read from a standard DOS screen such as those used by bootable discs.

On the other hand, the scanners work great on Windows 9.x/ME.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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