Virus in Windows XP affected operation of Ubuntu 11.04 on double boot system.

Asked by rawbirdshoehand

I have a double boot system using Windows XP and Ubuntu 11.04. For the past two weeks I have used only Ubuntu when operating my computer. Yesterday I noticed my Firefox browser had become extremely slow (while using Ubuntu) and it continued being slow this morning. So, I restarted my system and booted to Windows XP where I found my Norton Suite program advising me to update my virus protection and scan the system. I followed that advice then launched my internet browser. My Windows XP boot also runs Firefox and after completing the virus scans it ran up to the speed I normally expect from my system. Then, I restarted and went back to the Ubuntu boot where I found my system there was also running up to its normal speed. My question is this: Can I be acquiring viruses while operating from the Ubuntu boot that affects the Windows XP boot? And, will that ultimately affect the speed of my browser on the Ubuntu boot?

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Best actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

It may affect the hardware if you hibernate the OS and similar, this can make the OS 'hold' the hardware and make it inaccessible to other OSes (Very poor design but hey, Microsoft don't care and you will still buy their stuff...) The virus you had may duplicate this kind of thing and cause the same issue. I'm not saying it's definitely this but it sounds very similar.

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rawbirdshoehand (rawbird52) said :

Thanks actionparsnip, that solved my question.