F-PROT for DOS
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DOS scanners are not obsolete. They are still quite useful and even absolutely necessary
in some cases.
The F-PROT for DOS anti-virus program is highly recommended for its
well known quality, ease of use and small size. Instructions for download,
installation and basic usage are included here to assist novice users
and victims of malware.
The F-PROT for DOS anti-virus program is "shareware" and free
of charge for private use (that is, free for any individual or family
using it on a personally owned computer).
If you are unsure whether your computer matches these specifications, don't worry: it
very probably does.
- IBM PC compatible computer
- Version 3.x requires DOS 3.3 or better
- 80386 processor
- 4 MB of memory
F-PROT will run under all versions of Windows from 3.x to the recent XP-based systems,
but it is not recommended
on partitions that use the NTFS file system. It will also work under OS/2, UNIX, Linux
or Macintosh workstation with a DOS or Windows emulator, as well as on most network
The current version is 3.16f. Options:
Once you have downloaded F-Prot, it must be updated.
Private users may obtain free updates from BBSes, via email or via FTP (for further
details read this).
The latest virus definition files are available here:
Normal installation to the hard disk:
Using a .ZIP archive extractor, unzip
the files into an empty folder of your choice. As as an example we will use C:\FSI.
Suggested uses for F-Prot
F-Prot for DOS can be used as follows:
- To get rid of a Windows-based malicious program.
- In an emergency situation that requires the use of a boot disk.
(Note: of course it can also be used for routine scans of new files just like any other
virus scanner, but this won't be discussed here.)
Offsite article: Living with F-Prot for DOS Antivirus (Author: Uzi Paz)
Getting rid of a Windows-based malicious program.
If you are using Windows ME, NT, 2000, XP, or later, you can
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