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Old 10-30-04, 03:38 PM
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Using a laptop as a mobile virus scanner/spyware scanner?

Does anyone know how easy it is or if it's possible to set up a laptop with the latest versions of Spybot, Adaware, and AVG so that you can connect it to an infected computer and get rid of all the malware?

It just occurs to me that instead of installing the software on the corrupted system before (which isn't always possible), it would seem easier for a remote computer to do all the scanning and repairing (as long as it has rights to do so). I get a lot of calls from people who need this taken off their computer, and this seems like an easy way to do it.

Has anyone ever done this or is it possible?
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probably have to share the drive on the infected computer, not hard to do. then map the infected drive as a drive on the laptop. virus scanner should be able to scan a mapped drive but I don't currently have a network at home to confirm this
adaware might be able to scan the files on a mapped drive for spyware exes but I doubt it could do the registry scans
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I don't think it's really possible. Plus you don't want to connect your laptop to a computer infected with a virus even if you have virus protection on it.

For virus scanning I like www.ultimatebootcd.com. It's good for a lot of things, especially if you need to take something with you that you can run on any random computer. For spyware, I think mikehunt is right about having to install the removal program for it to scan the registry.
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Thanks, Roto. I actually have both the DOS and Windows boot CDs. I cram as much as I can on the CD, but I was just thinking that it would be nice to have a "setup and go" type of situation.

Mike, your plan is what I thought would probably work, but I was wondering about the registry situation myself.
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I would burn the programs to CD. Don't forget to get the latest reference files seperately onto a floppy or CD. Install some preventative programs and an alternative browser such as Mozilla or Firefox.

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