Saving Your Windows PC From Virus Infections with Linux

Often you get a friend or other times a client who has gotten themselves locked out of their system by a virus. I’m talking about the seriously nasty virus’s out there that will just corrupt every .dll file they can get their hands on so the minute you try to open any program, your reopening the virus.

When this is the case there isn’t much you can do in terms of anti-virus scans etc. your only option is to wipe the machine and go for a clean re-install of Windows.

But what about all my files?

Well we backup all of those files onto an external hard drive before wiping by loading up a “Live CD” of Ubuntu, simply navigating to the computers hard drive, selecting what we need and loading it onto the external hard drive.

The beauty of a “Live CD” is that the entire operating system runs of the CD (believe me you’ll hear it spinning around the place) so the virus has no chance to load since Windows never gets booted.

On top of that Linux systems are not vulnerable to Windows virus’s so you can be sure your not infecting your external hard drive as well.


Posted on October 30, 2010

Earcandy in Ubuntu Jaunty

EarCandy is a volume manager for PulseAudio that fades applications in and out based on your current activity. Meaning it can do handy things like muting your music playing when you decide to turn on a youtube video. EarCandy can sniff out applications to tell what kind of application they are

Screenshots:

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How to install Earcandy on Ubuntu Jaunty

You can do this by using the following command:

sudo kate /etc/apt/sources.list

Then add the following to the end of the file:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/earcandy-devel/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/earcandy-devel/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
``
Then you can install earcandy by using the following command!
```bash
sudo apt-get install earcandy

Posted on September 28, 2009

Google Chrome on Ubuntu

If your using Ubuntu you can now start using Chrome, or Chromium at least, which is based on it. Daily builds of Chromium can be got from here.

You’ll need to add the following repositories to get Chromium:

Note: Substitute interpid with jaunty or hardy as needed!

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main

Then you can then install it by opening a terminal and do the following command:

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

Of course this is still in Pre-Alpha so make sure to keep another browser installed! ;)


Posted on September 22, 2009

The One-Page Linux Manual

This The One-Page Linux Manual has a summary of all useful commands in Linux. one-page.png


Posted on September 19, 2009

Autoinstalling .Debs on Firefox

I was trying to use a get .debs website the other day and with a lot of frustration of firefox saying Firefox does not have the correct protocol to open this file [.apt] I finally figured out that I did not have apt-url installed on kUbuntu.

This can be fixed by simply opening a terminal window and typing:

sudo apt-get install apturl

Then restart firefox. Go to download another .deb / .apt file and when it asks you what you would like to use to open the file browse to /usr/bin and pick whatever installs your programs.


Posted on September 17, 2009