Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« on: May 14, 2014, 10:57:05 PM »
Ok so as we all know, viruses mostly come through nasty websites and especially the ads on said websites.  Those pesky java scripts and such.

With my scare from Ransomeware, I've decided that for my daily web browsing, I'll use a linux distro and for my gaming, I'll use windows.

The first solution would seem to be dual boot but that's a pain, forcing me to completely shut down one OS to jump tasks and I'm not going that route.
The second is just linux with wine and ect... but that is unstable or doesn't offer the same quality FPS (especially with my card).

So what I've settled on (unless someone has a better idea) is linux in a virtual machine.  Without a direct connection to any windows files, any nasty java script should fail in the linux box and even IF it succeeded in doing something, it wouldn't be able to access my windows OS.


So, does anyone have any suggestions for a nice, light weight OS I can run in a virtual machine and allow for all the flash and java I could want?  And with recent browsers?  I don't want to use firefox 3.0.

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Re: Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2014, 11:10:54 PM »
Kaspersky Pure exists for Windows noobs. Or you could just buy a Mac and you'd have the most stable and fun to use OS in existence.

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Re: Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2014, 11:34:07 PM »
Have you considered Debian?
There is free speech and there is being an annoying twat. This user is exercising his right to the latter.

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Re: Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2014, 11:40:15 PM »
I haven't had a computer virus in years.

Don't download a codec to see the naked lady push a marrow up her vag.
Don't download a cure to a virus when a website tells you that you have one.
Don't open e-mail attachments with the word 'Viagra' or 'earn $5000 per month from home' in them.
Its not rocket science Dave.

I use Microsoft defender. That's it. A free anti-virus from MS themselves. What is the problem and why are you making this so needlessly complicated?

Have you considered Debian?
Don't be an arse. He is trying to keep shit-ware off his system. Not install it as his OS of choice.

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Re: Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2014, 11:47:46 PM »
Where are you getting these viruses from? I'm with Thork on this one. You're doing something wrong.

Re: Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2014, 12:06:22 AM »
Y'all can laugh, but when someone visits a guitar site on a filtered school network(so no naughty vags) and get's HIS WHOLE GOD DAMN PROFILE ENCRYPTED, I get worried.

I haven't had a virus in ages either.  Doesn't mean I'm inclined to get one.

Thork

Re: Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2014, 12:13:53 AM »
Y'all can laugh, but when someone visits a guitar site on a filtered school network(so no naughty vags) and get's HIS WHOLE GOD DAMN PROFILE ENCRYPTED, I get worried.

I haven't had a virus in ages either.  Doesn't mean I'm inclined to get one.

You must truly be the worst system admin in employment.

Re: Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2014, 12:18:07 AM »
Y'all can laugh, but when someone visits a guitar site on a filtered school network(so no naughty vags) and get's HIS WHOLE GOD DAMN PROFILE ENCRYPTED, I get worried.

I haven't had a virus in ages either.  Doesn't mean I'm inclined to get one.

You must truly be the worst system admin in employment.
If you can elaborate on how to stop these viruses from getting in, I'd be really happy to hear it.


Thork

Re: Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2014, 12:28:14 AM »
Y'all can laugh, but when someone visits a guitar site on a filtered school network(so no naughty vags) and get's HIS WHOLE GOD DAMN PROFILE ENCRYPTED, I get worried.

I haven't had a virus in ages either.  Doesn't mean I'm inclined to get one.

You must truly be the worst system admin in employment.
If you can elaborate on how to stop these viruses from getting in, I'd be really happy to hear it.


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822158

Re: Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2014, 12:37:34 AM »
Y'all can laugh, but when someone visits a guitar site on a filtered school network(so no naughty vags) and get's HIS WHOLE GOD DAMN PROFILE ENCRYPTED, I get worried.

I haven't had a virus in ages either.  Doesn't mean I'm inclined to get one.

You must truly be the worst system admin in employment.
If you can elaborate on how to stop these viruses from getting in, I'd be really happy to hear it.


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822158

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Warning This workaround may make a computer or a network more vulnerable to attack by malicious users or by malicious software such as viruses. We do not recommend this workaround but are providing this information so that you can implement this workaround at your own discretion. Use this workaround at your own risk.

Yes I can see how this is VERY helpful in avoiding viruses...


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Re: Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2014, 12:42:48 AM »

Re: Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2014, 12:44:07 AM »
Have you considered Debian?
I have but I was hoping for something more specific to browsing.  Debian would work but if I can find something smaller, I'd be happier.

Re: Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2014, 12:45:40 AM »

Irrelevant.
The site Thork linked to is basically a list of files NOT to scan.  It has absolutely no advice for actually securing your systems.

Ghost of V

Re: Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2014, 12:46:02 AM »
No no that facepalm was directed at Thork.

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Re: Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2014, 01:13:21 AM »
Elementary OS is pretty dope.

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Re: Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2014, 04:07:46 AM »
What is Noscript

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Re: Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2014, 05:54:27 AM »
So what you have is essentially a glorified sandbox. Why not just use Sandboxie?
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Re: Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2014, 05:55:34 AM »
What is Noscript

Noscript is an overzealous way to keep yourself from getting viruses. It pretty much breaks every site, and most people just end up "trusting" the sites they go to a lot anyway.

Re: Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2014, 07:19:08 AM »
What is Noscript

Noscript is an overzealous way to keep yourself from getting viruses. It pretty much breaks every site, and most people just end up "trusting" the sites they go to a lot anyway.

Mostly yeah, but whenever I'm on unknowns I generally just allow the scripts that I want to run (like videos and shit) and leave the rest off. It's useful for that kind of thing.

Re: Avoiding Viruses with Linux as my web browser
« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2014, 10:23:59 AM »
What is Noscript
Already in use.

So what you have is essentially a glorified sandbox. Why not just use Sandboxie?
Thanks for the tip.  It looks like what I want.