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Offline disinfection

By iSyntax
Mar 3, 2009
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  1. Good day co-Techs.

    Im a newbie technician and currently undergoing computer maintenance training by myself.

    I have a little problem.

    I wonder if it is possible to disinfect/clean a computer which is not connected to the internet? (if there's no way to update anti-virus' virus database)..

    I also heard about bootable antivirus and portable anti-virus, can i ask for some guide about this thing?

    Sorry for very much questions.

    I verily appreciate your replies..

    Regards
    ~Syn
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  3. iSyntax

    iSyntax TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Uhm, can i use these things even if i am in offline mode?

    ~Thanks!
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes, that's the point

    You download them first (on an online computer)
    Then save them to CD or USB Flash drive or something
    Then use them on the online computer

    Oh, I forgot CCleaner ;)
  5. iSyntax

    iSyntax TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Is there any way to bring them updated to the infected computer?

    Can i save the updated virus database to CD? Most of the anti-virus in the web isnt updated.

    Btw, thanks sir Kim.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    The above tools downloaded will be current as of the date of downloading
    In other words nothing to update

    But I agree the only time an Antivirus program has the included updated definitions is when they release a whole new version. But it's only current for a day or two anyway

    Really these days you need online ability to service computers. Gone are the days where technicians carried a briefcase of CDs and manuals. Now it's one USB drive and the Internet
  7. iSyntax

    iSyntax TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I guess i lost in the past techie life, i really need new techniques.

    I cant even make a full protection in my own pc.. i heard that most of the viruses came from p2p.. and porn, but ofcourse i dont watch porn.

    Can i have some security tips?

    Thanks sir kim.
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Well obviously this is step 1 (well 8) : Have a look at:

    UPDATED 8-step Viruses/Spyware/Malware Preliminary Removal Instructions

    But I'd also recommend a good Hosts file

    You may want to update to a more secure Hosts file
    There's lots of important info on that here: http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
    As it's difficult to see the actual download, here it is: http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.zip
    Important! Windows Vista requires special instructions: http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hostsvista.htm

    Simply download the hosts.zip file, extract, then run mvps.bat, then restart

    Then restart, and test browsing the Internet again :)
  9. iSyntax

    iSyntax TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you so much sir Kim.

    It will help my study. I really like this site, im learning a lot of things :)
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Good point read other threads and learn
    There is consistently some malware thread going on
    Some are really quick, some take a long time :(
    There's no set way of handling every single infection out there with one set procedure
  11. iSyntax

    iSyntax TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes. Thank you sir.

    And oh, the guide section is really good, nice software and utilities download.
    Thnx sir, u can leave me now :)

    Cia around.
     
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes seeyu around ;)

    Thanks for the update :grinthumb
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