using openSUSE live cd to remove windows malware

A friend of mine was complaining about his Windows computer being slow here lately.

I told him he is probably full of malware that slipped past his anti-virus program.

I’ve heard that one can use a live Linux cd to remove malware from a windows computer. How would I go about doing this?

Is it as simple as booting the cd, then using zypper to install an anti-virus program to the ram file system and mounting/scanning the hard drive. If so what program is the best to use for this purpose?

Or is it more complicated.

You would have to have already ran a scan with a good virus protection software and found a file that you could not delete while Windows is running. You would boot with the Linux Live CD and browse to the folder and manually delete the offending file. You would also be able to do this with the Window installation CD from the command line.

Are you having an issue with a virus that is in the Restore Points? If so, the easy way to deal with this is to turn off System Restore and that will delete all the restore points. Once that is done, you can turn System Restore back on and tell it to create a new Restore Point.

Thanks for the reply.

No problems specifically. He was just complaining about the computer being slow lately. I thought I might be able to help him out.

Sounds like I need to advise him to run a full system scan with his installed anti-virus program first.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a great program for dealing with malware.

And the download link from Cnet if you want a description:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET

I’ve used it to get rid of a couple of problems on two different occasions. Download the free version.

Take Care,


linuxminded wrote:
> Sounds like I need to advise him to run a full system scan with his
> installed anti-virus program first.

you do as you wish, but i long ago decided to not take the risk of
screwing up a friends Window’s computer with a Linux disk and give
him/her the opportunity to tell their 500 closest friends that Linux
SUCKS big time…

instead i ask them to find a friend who is a Windows guru…or pay
a real (windows) geek to do it right…or learn how to administer
their system of choice (like i do my own)…

now, there is one other thing you need to consider: it is just a fact
that overtime all Redmond software will slowdown…for several
reasons designed into the system (design deficiencies which Linux does
not have, or not to the same degree):

1 .the ‘registry’ gets jumbled up and bloated (to use some highly
technical phrases since i don’t really know much about the ‘registry’)
because instead of each individual program keeping up with its own
configuration like in Linux, every program has to use the single
registry…AND when a Redmond user deletes a program the ‘junk’
usually remains in the ‘registry’…

  1. Redmond file systems are highly prone to fragmentation…

so your friend may need to tend to these things, at lease:

  1. find and kill malware
  2. fix registry
  3. defrag

send him a $25 bill for your advice and wish him luck with his chosen OS…


In that case, any good anti-virus program should be able to clean it up. Malwarebytes is good for those tough problems.

How to get rid of malware using the openSUSE Live CD:

Boot with CD
Choose Install option
Choose to use whole disk
Voila no more Windows, ergo no more malware


ken yap wrote:
> Voila no more Windows, ergo no more malware

+1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1

what i did…and, it took about 15 minutes to get over not having
(for example) ‘notepad’ and/or finding something better…


Ken, you just won my personal “Reply of the Month” award. On the 1st !!. lol!

It’s been so long since I ran Windows, I completely forgot about defragmentation and the registry. lol!

He complained, and I saw a potential opportunity to show off openSUSE and perhaps gain another Linux convert. (another notch on my computer case) :wink:

I think I’ll just suggest that he defragments his hd and runs a full system scan with his anti-virus program and then step back and see if that helps. The opportunity to introduce Linux may present itself yet.