Dead Cell wrote:Is there anyway I can use virtualbox to install another version of windows such as XP, and run this OS safely and securely within Windows 7 without any of those nasty addwares and spywares seeing or getting the info I enter in to the virtual OS?
Dead Cell wrote:Would it be very secure and safe to do?
Dead Cell wrote:Also would I be able to install Kaspersky IS on to XP which I will be running on virtualbox?
Dead Cell wrote:If this is not possible or there's an easier way for me to bank and shop from Windows 7 then I would really love to hear from you guys.
Dead Cell wrote:I know some say that running Linux is very safe but I have never used it so I wouldn't feel very comfortable with it.
Dead Cell wrote:If someone can help me out or point me in the right direction I'd be ever so grateful.
tb2571989 wrote:generall, as long as you had some antivirus/firewall installed in the guest then that would be fine.
tb2571989 wrote:One option though is to set up a virtual machines for your kids and take a copy of the virtual hard disk, so when it does screw up casue of spyware/adware/viruses etc then all you have to do is replace the virtual hard disk.
Dead Cell wrote:Ok so now the question is, is it safe to have two HDDs with both Windows 7 and Ubuntu at the same time? If I turn on the PC and boot into Windows 7, can viruses and other nasties infect the Ubuntu HDD?
I know it is possible to install on USB Flash Drive, but I haven't done it - never really needed this option. I suggest to login into Ubuntu forums (this forum is VirtualBox it is for virtualization, many people here have a lot of knowledge on this forum, but they are interested into virtualization, so they just don't answer questions about other topics). There is perfect place to start it is called Ubuntu Absolute Beginner Talk Forum and there are some very nice people there. They will always help you out. On this forum they know you are beginner and so they will be glad to help you out - that is beginner forum all about. And most probably you will get at least three answers in 15 minutes.Dead Cell wrote:If I have to go through this route then maybe it would be better to install Ubuntu on a USB Flash Drive
Dead Cell wrote:The other question is, how safe is Ubuntu out of the box? Will I need to install some sort of Internet Security software on it? Or is this unnecessary?
Dead Cell wrote:I'm sorry if I'm coming across as a really paranoid freak of some sort but I'm very very cautious about entering my personal details into any PC. I had a laptop which had Windows Vista Business and this was only used for banking, shopping, paypal etc and nothing else. I had Kaspersky installed on it with the settings tweaked to extreme!
This can be nice option, but it will run much slowly. The other problem is Ubuntu CD is static point of software that was released some moths ago (Ubuntu releases every 6 months - no revolution needed like on Windows XP --> Windows Vista, just minor updates). Ubuntu is designed to update itself and whole software installed on the system only by using one click! Because today modern software is made of billions of programming code it is impossible to be 100% free of security bugs. So it gets updates and you should install updates - it is easy to do this, because window pops-up and ask if you would like to install updates. So updating the system is what makes you secure. Live CD was secure when it was released, but new security problems could be known and already fixed.Dead Cell wrote:I really like the sound of the LiveCDPersistence which allows Ubuntu to be run from a USB Flash Drive. I guess one of the key benefits over running the CD based Ubuntu is that you can save your settings etc on the USB Flash Drive.
No, Windows programs (and Windows viruses) can't be run if Ubuntu is turned on. But unplug Ubuntu USB Drive when you are finished.Dead Cell wrote:I'm wondering though, would I still have to pull out the Windows 7 HDD before I connect the USB Drive and run Ubuntu or would this be meaningless?
Exactly!Dead Cell wrote:I mean, if I'm not booting into Windows 7, and instead booting into Ubuntu on a USB Drive, then surely no virus or other nasties that are present on Windows 7 HDD, will be able to run or infect the Ubuntu USB Drive right?
Download it from official site!Dead Cell wrote:Oh yeh, where is the best and safest place to download a Ubuntu ISO Image which is also the latest version?
Dead Cell wrote:I can't wait to take out Ubuntu for a spin, the things I've seen on youtube look damn awesome but I'm a little confused with all the different versions out there. Lots of playing and research ahead.
Dead Cell wrote:Just need to get home again and find out how to go about installing and running from a USB drive
I like this idea, because you can be sure that kinds will not get some infection to your system.Dead Cell wrote:Like you have recommended abcuser, I plan to stick the portable USB HDD into the PC and boot into Ubuntu, do all my stuff and then shut off and pull out the USB HDD for safe keeping. Then the kids or me can turn on the PC and just let Windows 7 start up. Very nice and simple
Yes, please add update. You can also send me forum's personal message or as I suggested ask questions directly on Ubuntu Beginner forum and you will get tons of answers instantly.Dead Cell wrote:I will give an update here just to let you know how I got on.
Sorry I don't understand what do you mean by "lockups", can you please describe more in detail?ffoulks wrote:When I go to my bank's https site, the box locks up - not usually immediately, but sooner rather than later. Two questions: (1) What about the lockups? Anything I can do about this problem?
ffoulks wrote:(2) Does it buy me any security advantage at all to isolate my sensitive stuff in a guest?
Power down is not some normal operation. This option is the same as on physical computer to unplug power. File system can get corrupted or some files maybe not be written correctly, because power got off in the middle of writing. Use normal Windows shut-down operation from Start menu or select "Send the shutdown signal" if you close with click on "x" on VirtualBox.ffoulks wrote:What I mean by "lockup" is that within the virtual box, clicking on the mouse, or using any other input medium, does nothing. In order to close the box, I must click the 'x' on the title bar of the application window of the host, and select "Power off the machine". When I restart the box, the Windows Error Recovery window appears. Does anyone have a handle on my inability to use my bank's secure site?
ffoulks wrote:My host and guest are clean both clean installations of Windows 7 Professional N, 64 bit, with automatic updates. Both have up-to-date Windows Defender and Symantec Endpoint Protection with both Antivirus and Antispyware Protection and Proactive Threat Protection on.
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