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My Windows 7 machine was recently infected with some trojans via Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Is it safer to browse using the VMware Player + CentOS 6.0 and use Firefox inside CentOS?

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If you snapshot your virtual machine, you can do whatever you want on it. Then when you are done, you return it to it's previous state by restoring from the snapshot.

Yes, this would increase security, but it would not make it perfect (no such thing).

Another safe answer is to boot/run CentOS from a Live distribution CD/DVD. Then restart the computer when you are done with your browsing session.

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How can I snapshot my virtual machine if I only have vmware player. When I boot from CentOS DVD, it is possible that I can install software? For example, firefox + adobe PDF + adobe flash player etc. –  q0987 Jul 24 '12 at 3:33
    
There are Live distributions of Linux (CentOS) that already have these tools preinstalled on the DVD/CDRom. There really isn't a need to install them on the computer, they run from the DVD/CDRom, then when you turn off the computer, you leave no trace at all. Find a sample here: distrowatch.com/6807 –  Everett Jul 24 '12 at 3:35
    
Q1> my machine is installed with Win7 64bit. Which version of CentOS Live version I should use? 32bit or 64bit. Q2> When I reboot my machine from DVD and run the CentOS Live, does it affect my current Win7 system. The laptop is not my property and I really don't want to mess it up. thank you –  q0987 Jul 24 '12 at 4:02
    
As you won't be using Windows7 while you are using the live version of CentOS, which version of Windows that is on your box won't matter. If you don't know what CPU is in the box, go with a 32 bit version. –  Everett Jul 24 '12 at 4:12
    
Intel Core(TM) i7-2760QM. So basically you said that the LIVE DVD will not change any boot info on my machine. is that correct? –  q0987 Jul 24 '12 at 4:41
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