Windows or DOS version of antivirus softwares

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by lmusi, May 15, 2004.

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  1. lmusi

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    There are two types of antivirus software, Windows and DOS version.
    I was told that some virus locate themselves in the memory during the Windows startup, then most Windows-version antivirus softwares can't kill these virus, the only way to delete them is to boot the computer from floppy drive(or other removeable drive) where there is a DOS-version antivirus software.
    In other words, only in the DOS environment, the virus can be cleaned up, not in the Windows.
    I am not sure if this remarks is correct, Thanks for any help!
     
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    i'm afraid its wrong to be under the impression that memory resident viruses can be cleaned only in the DOS environment. if it was true it would've been to possible to clean a virus by F-Prot DOS edition where F-Prot WIndows edition failed to clean it. the key factor is the MEMORY, in which the AV software is running, should be virus free. so the affect will be same if you run the DOS based AV after booting from floppy disk or run the Windows based AV from another hard-drive and use it to clean the infected drive.
     
  4. controler

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    Norton has always asked if you want to creat disks during install.
    I think Mc Afee does also.
    I have used both KAV and NOD and I don't think I was ever prompted to creat
    floppies during install.
    If I remember correct, Norton used IBM DOS not MS DOS.
    This disks contained the scan engine and the DEF's. In those days you got an update about every week. In this day and age for you to keep your disks current would take all of your precious time LOL
    If Acronious uses a Linux Kernel for their recovery disks, I think that be cool for an AV to use also.
     
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    AVK does.
     
  6. Arin

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    so does Panda.
     
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