Is there a different Windows anti-virus program that can be used instead with Linux, that has better detection rates?
Avast - Avast is a freemium antivirus software. Avast is not open-source and uses up resources like RAM. Many users feel that Avast offers more protection than ClamAV. The paid version of Avast offers numerous features that ClamAV lacks. For instance, Avast can sandbox applications. To obtain Avast, visit avast.com and download the application.
AVG - Anti-Virus Guard is a proprietary virus scanner that can be downloaded from free.avg.com/us-en/download.prd-alf.
Comodo - Comodo is a proprietary scanner that can be downloaded from comodo.com/home/internet-security/antivirus-for-linux.php.
Kaspersky - Kaspersky is a proprietary scanner that can be found on this link - kaspersky.com/product-updates/linux-file-server-antivirus.
If you want AV for just puppy don't bother with anything. Use Firefox with adblok pop up blocker and noscript.
If you intend to use a AV in puppy to scan Windows pc I have no comment on that as I do not know much about it. You may find that doing it that way a file or something could get deleted and it breaks the Windows system. My best advice for malware removal in Windows is to speak to the Malware Response Team.
Re antivirus on Unbuntu, Read thru this.
but I'm not entirely sure that this laptop would boot Puppy from a USB
The right puppy will boot that pc I could be wrong but unless that PC is old like me it will be able to boot from usb.
Whats the make and model, How much ram ?
Puppy on a USB sounds like a better option,
On puppy use the Universal installer. Menu/Setup/Universal installer ( its just above the remaster cd)
Make sure you set the flag as boot in gparted.
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On first shut down create a save file make it as big as you can.
Another thing I'm unsure about is how to make sure that programs install on the USB. Again in my limited experience with installing ClamAV fom a Terminal in Ubuntu, there didn't seem to be an option as to where to install it.
If Linux is installed to USB, When you boot from USB Linux will by default install everything you add to it on USB. Kinda like when you install stuff to Windows it goes to the default C/ Windows/ Whatever.
Are hardware devices mounted or unmounted by default, and if they are mounted and I unmount the hard drive, would that affect starting the laptop in Windows
When rebooting the PC will boot from what ever device its set to boot from, So if you are on Linux USB and want Windows Shut down remove USB and reboot. Easy huh?
would have guessed that devices are ''mounted'' if they appear on the desktop
No they are "mounted" when you open them the icon is just a short cut.
I also tried creating a folder on a USB stick to save the settings
Apologies for asking so many questions at once.
No need, We were all novices once.
I cant do it atm but if you want I can reboot my pc from Unbuntu Live disc and go thru the install process of UNBUNTU to USB in a short video. Or look it up on youtube.com
Edited by NickAu1, 12 April 2014 - 07:11 PM.