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Option 2 - Use a Virtual Operating System in a Secured Operating System

Want a system that lets you try out software on your desktop or laptop computer and surf the Web without having to worry about it getting infected with malware, or about that malware stealing private data stored on your hard drive?

One that completely removes malware, if it does get infected, simply by rebooting or restarting? One that lets your kid(s) or a nonsavvy computer user change, delete or mess it up, only to make itself new again on reboot?

Or one that lets Windows and an alternative operating system coexist without having to install them on separate partitions or hard drives?

Then I invite you to keep an open mind to the possibilities of old and proven security method, now much improved and more widely used.

The method of scanning your hard drive for malware after it has infected your system, which requires constant updates, has been made obsolete by the overwhelming and ever-increasing number and types of malware which have been created to exploit or take advantage of security holes or vulnerabilities in operating systems and software.

That method is now being replaced in more and more schools, libraries, kiosks and Internet cafes with one that prevents malware from installing, running, or making changes to your real operating system by operating in a virtual operating system or ''virtual machine'' from a real one protected by a host intrusion detection and prevention system or systems (HIDS and HIPS).

Note: You can run Darwin (a free version of Mac OS), BSD or GNU/Linux in a virtual OS from Windows. But since alternative operating systems are more stable and secure than Windows, I recommend doing the opposite: run Windows in a virtual OS from an alternative operating system.


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