F-Prot for DOS

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by Douglas, Jul 31, 2003.

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  1. Douglas

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    Just a quick question for a newbie to DOS.
    I don't run F-Prot in a window, I run it under DOS.
    The harddrive grinding is very intense (much more than DrWeb or NOD under windows). Is this a side effect of DOS or F-Prot?
    Sorry if it's a dumb question. :rolleyes:

    Tia,
    Douglas
     
  2. LowWaterMark

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    Since the scanning engines in various AV products work differently, I don't think you can necessarily compare how they are functioning just by the sound made by the disk drive. That said, can you explain a little more about just how you are using F-Prot...

    Are you running F-Prot for DOS just in an MS-DOS box under Windows, (is this on a Windows 9x system?), or have you rebooted into MS-DOS mode (either from the hard drive or a boot floppy) and then running F-Prot from there?

    On my old Windows 95 system, just running F-Prot for DOS in an MS-DOS box under Windows, the disk access sounds is pretty intensive, but not more so than AVG or other scans, I think. If I run it from a boot floppy or reboot to MS-DOS Mode, it is extremely intense (more so than above). However, if I use "smartdrv" (the built-in DOS based disk cache) it sounds a little better (more efficient on the disk drive).
     
  3. Douglas

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    Hi LWM, and thanks for the response.
    I reboot to MS-DOS mode. So I guess from what you said, it probably is a result of DOS mode.
    This question, BTW, was certainly not a complaint. I'm just curious since I've never before used DOS.

    Thanks again. :)

    Regards,
    Douglas
     
  4. LowWaterMark

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    Since you are using MS-DOS mode, it might be interesting to try setting a large disk cache and see what effect it has. (I'm trying it on an old Win95 system myself right now.)

    After entering MS-DOS mode but before you start F-Prot, try typing this:

    c:\ smartdrv 20000

    Smartdrv sets a disk cache up and the parameter is in KB, so that would be roughly a 20MB memory based disk cache. This utility is very useful if you are using MS-DOS mode for things that are heavy on file access, such as compressing and reloading the registry. Since an AV scan is really accessing a large portion of the disk rather than a few specific files, I'm not sure the cache would help, but it's worth trying.

    At times, run at DOS is kind of fun. ;)
     
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    "DOS is your friend."

    --my A+ instructor

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  6. Douglas

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    Well, I think the sounds were just as intensive, but I think the scan was quicker. Is that probable?
    Whatever the truth, your advice made it even more fun, LWM. :D
    This is a great new world for me. Time to buy a guide to DOS. :)

    If I can take this opportunity to give a big thank you to tECHNODROME. His comments about a year ago led me to DrWeb, and his comments very recently led me to F-Prot.
    I appreciate your insights TD!

    Regards,
    Douglas
     
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    Thanks Douglas! ;)



    tECHNODROME
     
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    DOS-based AV's use a completely different subset of API's for disk I/O. That could account for the strange hard disk access noise.
     
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