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[–]TarBaby 7 insightful - 2 fun7 insightful - 1 fun8 insightful - 2 fun -  (1 child)

https://www.hirensbootcd.org/

Use RUFUS to put it on a USB drive. Has about four different AV programs on it. Can scan the hard drive for viruses and errors.

[–]GeorgeCarlin[S] 2 insightful - 2 fun2 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

Thanks for the quick help. I'll try both and then will post an opinion on which one worked better for me. SInce i gotta fix some of these laptops though, this might take awhile.

[–]iDontShift 5 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 0 fun6 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

knoppix is the best i've seen.

after reading comment about RUFUS .. i'd hafta say that seems more what you are after tho

[–]GeorgeCarlin[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Thanks for the quick help. I'll try both and then will post an opinion on which one worked better for me. SInce i gotta fix some of these laptops though, this might take awhile.

[–]Brewdabier 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (3 children)

Unless things have changed since I retired in 2008 the best way to "clean a windows PC" is a fresh install. Last I read no antivirus software cleas a drive 100%.

I could be wrong

[–]GeorgeCarlin[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

That's also my point of view in a fuzzy, short description. But the people i need (e.g. one really smart architect and two other guys) just need their fucked up windows to work. I neither have the energy or the will to migrate their minds to a state where they start using reasonable things. I just need what they can do, so they can use their fucked-up software.

Of course there are a lot of reasonable security concers alone.

[–]Brewdabier 1 insightful - 2 fun1 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 2 fun -  (1 child)

I know the people your dealing with, if I do work one anyones PC I just tell them it's the only solution. Otherwise I don't work on it.

[–]GeorgeCarlin[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

PXE ftw.

[–]GeorgeCarlin[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Knoppix is fine, eventhough it is KDE or Plasma.

But hirensbootcd is also nicely executed since it offers some really nice selected windows tools.

Both are apply-able for this endeavor. Thanks saidit.