Boredom does funny things to my schedule…
I decided that I wanted to play Black Mesa again (awesome game that was built on the half-life source code) and despite getting it to work fairly well on Wine in Linux, I elected to push my experience of the game graphically. So I installed Windows XP Professional on one of my machines which was being under utilized, I then immediately reinstalled Linux Mint 17 with the Mate desktop in a dual boot configuration.
(Linux on a 160 Gb Hard Drive & Windows XP Professional on 80 Gb Hard Drive)
To my horror I discovered that it would then take me several hours to reinstall the multitude of drivers for XP Pro in spite of having disks, updating software, etc. (Linux generally spoils us, we don’t have to do much of that leg work anymore!)
So anyway, I opted to take a few shortcuts as I almost certainly wasn’t going to use XP for much outside of a few old games. I even neglected to grab my typical AVG security suite, and in fact didn’t install Kaspersky either, though in the past those were always my first choices.
I did a bit of research and discovered that Avast internet security has a smaller operating footprint which was going to be ideal for gaming.
I really wasn’t thinking about consequences, I just wanted quick and painless security on something I doubted I’d be using much.
Right around 5 hours into installing extra stuff; steam, .netframework 4.0, directX, I get this audible alert from Avast, “High risk threat detected” it said literally out loud… I was intrigued, so I looked a bit closer and sure enough some of the sites had attached malware to their driver downloads.
What was interesting wasn’t the fact that Avast said this out loud, though that was seriously cool. It was what it did next that really impressed me.
Between the initial quarantine of the viruses etc, it ran a “boot up scan” where it found numerous other infected files and removed those as well. Bear in mind I’m talking about the free version here, I didn’t pay for this security software.
In less than 20 minutes it had saved the day, and the screenshot here is therefore not of Black Mesa, but of Avast. #Cheers to our free software of the week!