Using VMware as an Anti-Virus configuration?
I am fed up with virus infections. This is the third time this year I've had to completely reformat my PC to get rid of some malware because no product would kill it. I've been using several spyware products, a hardware AND a software firewall, and an anti-virus product, as well as pop-up protection, registry mod blockers, etc etc. Nothing works. It's the equivalent of having a vasectomy, using a condom, and sticking to a vow of celibacy and STILL catching something somehow...
I'm looking for something completely different. Take another approach to virus protection... live loose & free with no protection, get infected, and just reboot and you're clean again.
This could probably be done by burning your OS to CD and booting off of it and not having a hard drive, but then you could do much with the PC now could you? So I was wondering if VMware could solve the problem. I've never used it, but my understanding is that you can use the guest OS like a normal system, and if it gets screwy, just dump the session & restart it.
I am interested in wiping my drive, installing Linux as the host OS, and then using Vmware to install a Guest Win Xp OS. Because I want to be able to use all my current software and settings just like a typical OS install.
Is this possible? Will it be effective? How do I do it? (instructions for the neophyte please!)
What Vmware solution would be best? I'm looking for something that is freeware...