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Old 19. Dec 2009, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just created a dual boot with ubuntu and vista and as I am new to this, I was a bit concerned with seeing my window files in ubuntu mode? Is that suppose to be normal? I know window based viruses cannot infect ubuntu, but can it pass over to my vista if i caught something in ubuntu?
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Old 19. Dec 2009, 06:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I just created a dual boot with ubuntu and vista and as I am new to this, I was a bit concerned with seeing my window files in ubuntu mode? Is that suppose to be normal? I know window based viruses cannot infect ubuntu, but can it pass over to my vista if i caught something in ubuntu?
With a standard dual boot Ubuntu / Vista setup, ie no RAID, Ubuntu is 'clever' enough to recognise your Windows installation and automatically mount it as part of the file system. That is why you can 'see' your Windows files.

As you mention, should your Windows installation be infected by a virus it will have no impact on Ubuntu. Linux isn't vulnerable to viruses in the way Windows is, I've certainly never come across a Linux virus, so there is little, if any chance of something being passed in that direction.
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Old 19. Dec 2009, 08:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just created a dual boot with ubuntu and vista and as I am new to this, I was a bit concerned with seeing my window files in ubuntu mode? Is that suppose to be normal? I know window based viruses cannot infect ubuntu, but can it pass over to my vista if i caught something in ubuntu?
Possibly you could get a virus, but only if the following requirements are met
  • It's a windows virus
  • You download it
  • Open it in the Windows Partition
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Old 20. Dec 2009, 06:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Possibly you could get a virus, but only if the following requirements are met

* It's a windows virus
* You download it
* Open it in the Windows Partition

So in other words, lets say i open a windows malware when im on ubuntu I am safe when I boot back up on vista?
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Old 20. Dec 2009, 06:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Windows malware do not affect linux at all because they're very much different down to the core. Unless you got a virus designed for linux or a real nasty one that infects your BIOS, you're safe in Ubuntu.

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So in other words, lets say i open a windows malware when im on ubuntu I am safe when I boot back up on vista?
Your Ubuntu would not be affected, and if you don't open the malware in Vista, yes you are safe.
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Old 20. Dec 2009, 07:22 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks J.L
that cleared things up for me
that probably explains why you dont need an antivirus for linux systems
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Old 20. Dec 2009, 10:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Possibly you could get a virus, but only if the following requirements are met

* It's a windows virus
* You download it
* Open it in the Windows Partition

So in other words, lets say i open a windows malware when im on ubuntu I am safe when I boot back up on vista?
Exactly. If you eat something that someone in another room is allergic to, they won't have a reaction unless you take it into the other room. Make sense?
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