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Can a virus that affect Windows affect a linux partition on the same PC


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#1 3dholly-windows

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 05:01 PM

I fear that the virus on my windows xp affect the other HD that has Ubuntu can a virus move through partitions?

Also another question is:
If I execute a virus on wine can it affect the entire os?

Las question:
If I open an email that's meant to infect my pc just by viewing it can it affect any OS or does it depend on the browser?

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 07:38 PM

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I don't think it can, unless it's a cross-platform malware like the Boonana trojan. Windows malware downloaded on Ubuntu can affect Windows, though (not sure it it has to be moved to the Windows partition manually or not).

I think since Wine is virtualization, it shouldn't affect Ubuntu, and because Ubuntu is a linux/unix distro, it shouldn't be able to run anyway (but don't take my word on that).

Not sure about the last question.

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 12:18 PM

I fear that the virus on my windows xp affect the other HD that has Ubuntu can a virus move through partitions?

What do you mean with affect, do you mean infection? Do you have any evidence that makes you fear this? Like issues with Ubuntu?

Also another question is:
If I execute a virus on wine can it affect the entire os?

No, but if it propagates via the network it could infect other Windows machines on your network. Or the Internet.

Las question:
If I open an email that's meant to infect my pc just by viewing it can it affect any OS or does it depend on the browser?

Browser? You mean you use Gmail, Hotmail, ...?

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 12:21 PM

I don't think it can, unless it's a cross-platform malware like the Boonana trojan.


The Boonana trojan is written in Java, and can run on different operating systems that have the JRE installed. That is why some call it cross-platform. But that does not mean it can infect cross-platform via partitions.

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 12:54 PM


I don't think it can, unless it's a cross-platform malware like the Boonana trojan.


The Boonana trojan is written in Java, and can run on different operating systems that have the JRE installed. That is why some call it cross-platform. But that does not mean it can infect cross-platform via partitions.

Do you know what area it can affect like run when ubuntu starts or only affect java applets?

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 02:30 AM

Do you know what area it can affect like run when ubuntu starts or only affect java applets?


No, I don't know how this trojan behaves when run on Ubuntu.

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