Thursday, April 4, 2013

Can Windows viruses run in a Linux OS through Wine?

Q. I have Linux Mint 7 Gloria, and I tested a malicious script (fork bomb) to see if it would adversely effect the computer, and it did crash. Could other malicious scrips meant to harm Windows harm Linux in Wine? If so, should I consider installing virus protection in Wine?

A. The way Wine works, it create a software version of Windows within Linux. A Windows virus might be able to run without that environment (assuming the files it attacks are being simulated in Wine). However as soon as you stop Wine, you would kill the virus. When you reload Wine the virus would not longer be working. (Assuming you are not running Wine as Root).

How do you boot to linux on windows?
Q. Is there a program that allows you to create a virtual desktop, to access the ext3 linux OS? I know there's vmware to do the opposite on linux, and wine.

A. To use Linux within Windows I would recommend installing VirtualBox it creates a virtual machine within your PC. Its a great piece of software being versatile and easy to use. I work with it all the time for testing various Linux distros.


How to download MSN instant messenger on to Ubuntu?
Q. I just got ubuntu and i am having problems downloading programs onto my computer. Does anyone know how to download MSN messenger onto ubuntu? i have heard about using linux wine to do it but i dont know how to do that. please help!!! (be specific with answers if u can)

A. Pidgin is Ubuntu's default instant messaging (IM) client. It works for a wide range of protocols, including MSN Messenger, AIM, Yahoo Messenger, Jabber, IRC, IRQ and Gadu-Gadu


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