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    Default Think I got hit by malware.

    I think I got hit by malware, everytime I accessed facebook it would say uploading(0%) than waiting for localhost... screw that.

    I'm switching to linux.

    I scanned my computer showed nothing, but netstat -b is showing really weird ip addresses... so...

    I changed all my passwords just in case, and switched to Linux.

    I'm paranoid when it comes to security.

    I'm not the type of person who takes chances with malware, as I know what damage it can do(ie steal your indent y)

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    What kind of "really weird ip addresses"? I'm a network guy.

    Maybe can you include some screenshots of this 'uploading'?

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    Do you have malware megabytes? I use that program. Malware sucks, I try to avoid it by not clicking on any images on google images unless it's from a site I trust like youtube or here or wordpress. But of course you can get it nonetheless because i swear malware travels on websites even if it is on a forum and the program would say it blocked the malware. But that only happens when you have the full version.

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    I installed linux before I saw your replies, so I DOn't really have a screenshot.

    They were unusual IP addresses

    On the brightside, installing linux seemed to remove the issue

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    I never understood how Linux worked, where do you get it and is it free and how do you install it. Does it replace windows and does it come with a disk when you install Linux? I have tried looking up how all this Linux stuff worked and could never figure it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    I never understood how Linux worked, where do you get it and is it free and how do you install it. Does it replace windows and does it come with a disk when you install Linux? I have tried looking up how all this Linux stuff worked and could never figure it out.
    Linux is the kernel, so chances are you won't find much on it.

    what you're looking for is a distro, and yes I used it to replace windows, not everyone switches to linux, I use it because I like UNIX and plan to get a job in networking eventully so its a must.

    You can burn a ubuntu iso onto a disk, or you can have a disk shipped to you for a cheep price.

    Linux is free as in freedom of speech, not price.

    A distro like ubuntu is just as easy as windows even easier when you get the hang of it, command line stuff is even easier and you'll see the beauty once you understand it fully, not really a fan of CMD.

    I use it because I hate viruses, and I like UNIX, Its kind of like OSX, thats why I use Linux atm, Used to have a hackintosh.

    (*Linux is Unix Like, Not Unix*)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    I never understood how Linux worked, where do you get it and is it free and how do you install it. Does it replace windows and does it come with a disk when you install Linux? I have tried looking up how all this Linux stuff worked and could never figure it out.
    Ubuntu (Linux) has there own website http://www.ubuntu.com/. It is entirely free! Open source FTW baby! Depending on which OS you're running, there are a few different ways it can be installed. Usually it's only/primarily available as a digital download, however once downloaded it can be loaded up onto a flash drive and made bootable (this is the most common method for installing it I believe) however it should also be possible to burn it to a disk as an image (ISO) file that can be used to install it as well. I had it installed on my old PC as a virtual machine. Once it's on a disc or USB, it's just a matter of telling your computer to boot up using the disk or USB instead of the typical drive it usually uses (most likely your HDD with your OS [Windows] on it). Then from there a wizard should pop up to guide you through installing it.

    In my case it didn't replace Windows, but it ran within Windows. However, it is fully capable of replacing Windows and being your main/exclusive operating system.

    I also want to add Ubuntu is just one version of Linux. But I personally think it's one the more user friendly versions and really doesn't limit its users all that much, especially for inexperienced users.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCaptain View Post
    Ubuntu (Linux) has there own website http://www.ubuntu.com/. It is entirely free! Open source FTW baby! Depending on which OS you're running, there are a few different ways it can be installed. Usually it's only/primarily available as a digital download, however once downloaded it can be loaded up onto a flash drive and made bootable (this is the most common method for installing it I believe) however it should also be possible to burn it to a disk as an image (ISO) file that can be used to install it as well. I had it installed on my old PC as a virtual machine. Once it's on a disc or USB, it's just a matter of telling your computer to boot up using the disk or USB instead of the typical drive it usually uses (most likely your HDD with your OS [Windows] on it). Then from there a wizard should pop up to guide you through installing it.

    In my case it didn't replace Windows, but it ran within Windows. However, it is fully capable of replacing Windows and being your main/exclusive operating system.

    I also want to add Ubuntu is just one version of Linux. But I personally think it's one the more user friendly versions and really doesn't limit its users all that much, especially for inexperienced users.
    There also Ubuntu-Mate and Lubuntu which work perfectly on older hardware and only chew around 128MB or ram

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    I never understood how Linux worked, where do you get it and is it free and how do you install it. Does it replace windows and does it come with a disk when you install Linux? I have tried looking up how all this Linux stuff worked and could never figure it out.
    It's an operating system like Windows, so you can use it to replace Windows, or set up a dual-boot system with both Windows and Linux -- a "bootloader" will run when you turn on the PC so you can choose which operating system to run.



    Quote Originally Posted by BluePanda View Post
    Linux is the kernel, so chances are you won't find much on it.

    what you're looking for is a distro...
    As BluePanda says, technically, Linux is just a kernel (kinda like the software equivalent of a CPU). GNU is a collection of utilities that emulate UNIX utilities. So Linux (the kernel) is like the missing piece of the jigsaw that makes GNU and Linux together a complete operating system.

    So technically Linux is the kernel. But in everyday use, most people referring to Linux actually mean GNU/Linux.

    GNU/Linux is open-source, which means that lots of people across the world volunteer to work on different parts of it. Lots of components (called packages) are created, and if you put them together in the right way, with the right configurations you can create your own GNU/Linux operating system. Unlike Windows where you get what you're given, there's no ONE way to do that. There's so much choice!

    But it's incredibly complicated to actually put these components together yourself, so groups of people work together to create "distributions" ("distros" for short) where they have chosen all the bits necessary to make a complete GNU/Linux operating system that installs itself automatically.

    To install a distro, you would normally download an .ISO file, burn it to CD/DVD, and then boot from that (in the same way as if you were installing Windows). Be careful if you've never done this before -- you'll need to understand partitioning and will need to back up your data first!

    If you just want to try a GNU/Linux distro, a great way is to use a virtual emulator like VirtualBox. It's a program that you run in Windows, and you can install operating systems inside it. So the "guest" operating system appears as a window on your computer instead of running on a real computer. It's an easy, safe and brilliant way to try things out!

    https://www.virtualbox.org/

    Two popular Linux distros that are supposed to be "easy" for Windows users are Ubuntu and Linux Mint. Personally, they drive me crazy! I prefer Arch Linux, which is much "simpler" in that it's minimalist and you set almost everything up yourself by hand. You can make it work exactly how you like, and in doing so, you learn how things work. But you need to be technically-minded to enjoy it!

    There are also "live" distros, like Slax. A "live" distro is an image of a pre-installed operating system. You can boot from a CD, DVD or USB stick straight into Linux, without installing it. So it leaves your current operating system untouched. It's another easy way to try out Linux.

    https://www.slax.org/en/

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    I've wiped all my hard disks.

    and I've gone back with windows 10, installed AVG. hmm

    Hopefully all goes well

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