I'm looking for some confirmation to convince my daughter linux is safe.
She dual boots PCLinuxOS 2009.2 with WinXP just like me. I have no browser, microsoft office, java, adobe, media player, IE, in XP. Just directX, a good video driver and sound driver to play games. XP actually boot in 25 seconds to a usable desktop in this fashion, I use linux for everything else.
My daughter still browses in WinXP even though she knows the risks. She now has her WinXP borked by antivirus 2010, and claims it came from linux. She said Chromium browser in linux presented the antivirus 2010 crap, and she was forced to close out her browser page to get rid of it.
She then said that the very next time she booted WinXP antivirus 2010 was already installed on the desktop, which was pretty much useless at this point.
I told her it was more likely she got it in WinXP, and that if she kept blaming it on linux that she would make the same mistake in XP again after going through the effort to reinstall her windows.
To make a long story short (too late!), is it possible for antivirus 2010 to use chromium browser in PCLinuxOS 2009.2 to directly download itself on to her WinXP partition? I might be ignorant, but I don't see how this is possible since any .exe malicious program can't run in linux period.