Jumpshot – Use Linux To Fix Windows

Jumpshot is a fully automated solution for solving Windows PC problems – the best part is that Jumpshot is Linux based. So, ironically, you’re using Linux to fix Windows problems. All you need to do is plug one of the Jumpshot USB sticks into a Windows PC, reboot it, and magically all Trojans and viruses on the system will be destroyed.

Jumpshot is currently on Kickstarter. Their initial goal was $25k, but has currently raised over $75k and 49 days are still left in the campaign.

Jumpshot is really powerful and a must for any techie that wants to quickly and easily cleanse Windows machines. Some scenarios where Jumpshot would useful are:

1) To remove OEM bloatware from new machines.
2) Your Anti-Virus has failed to remove a virus and nothing seems to be able to get rid of it.
3) Poor PC performance.
4) Running a health check on your PC.

This is all well and good, but how does it actually work? Here is what the Jumpshot team has to say:

[quote] Jumpshot runs in a custom Linux environment. With the help of some talented open source developers, Jumpshot will automatically load the correct drivers for the person’s PC, no matter how old or decrepit it is.

We then automatically attempt to connect to the Internet and prompt the user for assistance if we can’t find a connection or find ourselves trapped in an captive portal (like you get at hotels). Once connected, we pull down the latest Jumpshot engine code which consists of about a dozen different components that run in parallel. As the Jumpshot engine loads, it automatically mounts and attaches itself to every hard drive on the PC that contains an installation of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8.

Our engine then starts to interface with these Windows instances forensically through disk. This is what we’re referencing when we use the friendlier term “PC sedation”. The fact that we are able to make changes to a “sleeping” system’s Windows installation through Linux is a key differentiator that sets us apart from the other guys. This allows us to easily wipe away malicious viruses, spyware, and bloatware which may be more stubborn and hard to clean due to the fact that the Windows system is actually running.[/quote]

Most of you will find it very similar to using a Live Linux USB stick pre-loaded with software like Clam Anti Virus to scan and kill viruses and malware. But Jumpshot make it extremely simple for non-technical users to clean their system. The Jumpshot Linux distro will come across as a full screen window and users will be able to browse the Web. They may add some apps to it in the future but to start, they are keeping everything as simple as possible.

A typical Jumpshot 8 GB or 32 GB USB will include a fully functional version of Jumpshot software which takes up less than 200MB, so what the rest of the space is for is beyond me. I would personally use it for other tools like Hirens etc.

Jumpshot is nice initiative and the fact that they are using Linux and other open source tools for Virus removal is great. But this can also be done by downloading a Linux distro and running it in Live mode to wipe off viruses on a system, for free. But if Jumpshot has a better engine, is easier to use and is more effective then it gets my vote.

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Jumpshot – Use Linux To Fix Windows
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