Do not even know where to categorize so General it is. Just posted in the thread I am getting help on to clean my laptop but wanted to hear what everyone had to say. I lack the knowledge, be it formal or otherwise, as well as the experience to answers these so I might have found a fun project to jump into.
I had the idea to do this since I do not have any access whatsoever to a clean computer.
- Boot into safe mode with networking.
- Download and install a VirtualBox (Suggestions for what to run inside are needed. I was just going to do the most readily available Linux distribution).
- Once the VirtualBox is ready and an OS is setup in Safe Mode with Networking, download the Win Offline Defender and make a bootable CD or Flash drive with it.
Theoretically, the idea sounded great to me and fun to test but I do not have the knowledge, nor the experience to know if that would even be a "'clean" environment much less if any other minute or grandiose factors/variables apply. Some that I can think of would be: If downloading and installing/setting up VirtualBox was even possible in Safe Mode with networking? Would making a bootable CD or flashdrive be possible in S.M.w.N.? Even if the environment inside of the VB which would be inside of S.M.w.N. ended up being "clean," would the download still be a failure as a result of coming from the internet where my infected computer has had plenty of time to apart of? Should the download prove to be in a .zip or similar format proven to be clean by various scans, even if the environment was clean or infected, could a switch from Safe Mode with Networking to Safe Mode allow the extraction and creation of the bootable item to remain clean? Last, if the computer was known to have been infected, could it even be trusted to test any of the previous ideas or should one say lesson learned, clean Win install and post to make others aware of the new information?