A PC That Is Impervious To All Viruses And Malware

How about a computer that uses Linux Ubuntu stored on a memory module as its operating system. A PC that when one shut downs, any virus, spyware, malware or other critters are automatically removed. On your next boot you start with a new uninfected system. You can either store your information that you wish to save to a USB drive, CD or DVD or my preferred method online for later retrieval from anywhere in the world.

Does such a system exist yet? Well over at Gizmo Richards he did a review of such a device that was provided by one of his readers. He also provided a glowing review as well as an email address for the creator of the unit. There is no website for this computer that I could locate on the web.

But what I was wondering has anyone else come out with a PC or this idea before? It certainly sounded famaliar to me when I read the article. Or am I just getting my facts askew?

Comments welcome.

You can read the complete review here.

[tags]pc, computer, linux, ubuntu, operating system, memory module, boot, virus, malware, spyware, gone, [/tags]

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • NewJohnny

    You could also try 64-bit Windows without the ability to run legacy code. Perhaps not future proof, but it works for now.

  • Scott King

    Or just use a Live CD………

  • venzket

    To scott: live cd’s are often to slow for users. It would be nice to have one of these types of computers in schools, the computers i maintain at my school seem to attract viruses. Good Post Ron.

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  • http://www.goretsky.com/ Aryeh Goretsky

    Hello,

    Without having read the article, this sounds very much like one could accomplish using a Linux distribution on a live CD, as Scott King noted in post #2.

    I have used systems like this in the past, such as the iOpener computer, and over time they became less and less usable, because patches, updates and new software could not be applied to them. Managing that process so the system can be expanded in the future is an important step that many vendors of such devices do not consider.

    Another thing to consider is that though the changes made to a system or activities performed by malware may terminate when the system is powered down, it could still be possible for malware to run in userland: Macro viruses for documents, scripts for bots and so forth. Given the large number of infected systems out there, I do not think many malware authors worry overmuch about the churn rate of infected systems.

    Regards,

    Aryeh Goretsky

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi everyone,
    Thanks for the comments.

  • James

    There is a program for windows, i believe its called lockdown, that is popular in internet cafes and schools i’ve seen and basically reloads the clean image after each reboot. the pay version allows you to set a folder to not refresh to save documents etc.