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Dual boot: an unexpected ally

In Malware,Security on September 15, 2010 by tecnologyantivirus Tagged: , , , , ,

 

Posted by Javier Guerrero, 15th September 2010

 

At Panda Security we are relentless in our efforts to advise users about the best way of protecting themselves from the continuous threat of malware. On this occasion, I would like to offer a new recommendation, which stems from an unfortunate experience I had recently.

A few weeks ago… I was hit by a virus.

Yeah, I know, I should hang my head in shame; I work as a developer for a major anti-malware company and I’m well aware of the risks. Anyway, I was messing about on my home computer, doing some less-than-sensible things and the inevitable happened.
At first I didn’t notice anything strange, but then some odd things start to happen; for example some games, like Steam or my treasured Battlefield, stopped working, the programs displayed error messages whenever I tried to run them, and my Internet connection went really slowly. Every user knows their own computer, and knows when something is not right, and in this case something was clearly not right.

Then finally the computer just wouldn’t start up, and displayed the BSOD (blue screen) in a critical controller for the Operating System; so critical in fact, that the computer wouldn’t even start in safe mode.

Ideally, at this point I would have had to have a safe boot disk with a commandline antivirus, like our Panda SafeCD, but I didn’t (cobblers’ children and all that…..). Then I remembered that I had two Operating Systems installed in dual-boot configuration, Windows XP and Windows 7:

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Dual Operating System

So I could start up the other operating system, which wasn’t infected, launch our antivirus, detect the malware and eliminate it without needing a safe boot disk. So in this way, my dual-boot configuration was an unexpected and valuable ally against the malware that had infected my PC.

In short, this experience has taught me some valuable lessons:

Make sure you always have a way of starting your computer in the event that the operating system fails, whether this is via CD, DVD, USB drive, or as in my case, an alternative operating system installed on another partition.

Always make sure you have a set of tools available for analyzing and eliminating malware in a low resource environment (read commandline). Our free antivirus for command line is a good example. You’ll also find other free scanners and tools at http://free.pandasecurity.com/

Don’t take foolish risks with your system.
And at least if you are going to, don’t use the administrator account.

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Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust installed the Panda Managed Office Protection

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2009 by tecnologyantivirus Tagged: , , , ,

Posted by Sandra, July 16, 2009
 
foto_sandra1I am an intern at the Technical Training & Certification Department and would like to share with you a case study that we will use in one of our training courses.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust required a system that would enable all the practice computers, many of which use separate networks, to link to a central server within the Hospital, without the risk of spreading viruses or being beset with spyware.

For this reason they installed the Panda Managed Office Protection (PMOP) antivirus solution, which helps 1,700 client computers throughout the county to receive and send vital information safely and efficiently.

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PMOP is an advanced, Web-based anti-malware solution that benefits from Panda Security’s cloud-based “Collective Intelligence”.

According to Gloucestershire NHS, in two months, the Panda solution identified 435 suspect items, mainly spyware, which was hundreds more than their previous antivirus system. 
 
The challenge consisted in:

  • Protecting email communications between individual practices and the hospital, enabling them to work without the risk of contracting a virus.
  • Providing them with a scalable solution that could handle the increasing number of doctors joining the hospital in the future.
  • Offering a solution that could be managed centrally by just one person, while delivering a high level of protection.
  • Preventing loss of productivity.
  • Enabling the Trust to achieve a rapid return on investment.

You can read the full case study at  http://www.ourpcdoctor.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=91:local-nhs-choose-panda&catid=42:rokstories&Itemid=180

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