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F-PROT Professional vs. F-PROT SharewareComparison issues that corporate anti-virus evaluators may find helpful
Command Software Systems, Inc. co-develops F-PROT Professional with Fridrik Skulason of Iceland, who originated the shareware version of F-PROT. Additional support is provided by some other anti-virus developers. The main difference between the Professional version and the shareware version is that the Professional version is a commercial product with 24-hour technical support, a full manual, and a regular update service. The Professional version supports many more platforms than does the shareware version, and has been translated into at least 30 languages. In addition, Command Software Systems' F-PROT Professional has been developed for individuals and organizations who require the following product enhancements:
|Function/Program||Shareware||Command Software Systems|
|Installation Routine||None||A step-by-step INSTALL program that leads the
user through basic questions about their system.
An INSTALL.DAT file can be modified by system administrators to provide non-interactive installations for individual users
|Real-time Virus Scanning||VIRSTOP.EXE||VIRSTOP.EXE
The installation routine places VIRSTOP and NOVCAST at the bottom of the AUTOEXEC.BAT file.
An extensive series of command-line switches may optionally be used to configure VIRSTOP.
Any of the switches can be preset with a utility called VSCONFIG which allows system administrators to distribute VIRSTOP from the server, without the use of command-line switches.
|Daily Scanning||Not Available||F-PROT.EXE
The /TODAY switch is a command-line option that will allow scanning to occur only once in any 24-hour period.
|Version Checking||Not Available||The V-CHECK command is used to compare
the memory-resident version of VIRSTOP with the current release and
return an error-level message.
Provides for easier server-based upgrades.
|Server Protection||Not Available||NETPROTQ.NLM
A small (60k) Novell NLM that is also the fastest network scanner available.
|Broadcast TSR for Windows and Novell||Not Available||NOVCAST.EXE
This will broadcast a VIRSTOP virus alert over a Novell network as well as into a Windows screen.
|Broadcast TSR for Window and Banyan||Not Available||BANCAST.EXE
This will broadcast a VIRSTOP virus alert and report logging over a Banyan/Vines network as well as into a Windows screen.
|Integrity Checking||Not Available||CHECK.EXE
Builds a checksum database of all of the executable files on the hard drive and alerts you to changes.
|TSR Integrity Check||CHKSTOP.EXE||CS-TSR.EXE
Compares the CHECK database to each file executed and warns of mismatches.
|TSR Loading from a Script||Not Available||LOGIN.COM
This login allows TSRs to be loaded from a script without the memory fragmentation caused by Novell's LOGIN.EXE.
|Command-line Reboot||Not Available||REBOOT.COM
Allows a command-line reboot of the computer which is useful after updates to ensure correct version.
|Master Boot Record Repair||FIXBOOT
Will only repair diskettes A: or B:
Will save the MBR to a data file and can attempt to repair/rebuild the hard disk drive.
Repair of unknown boot sector viruses is possible by restoring a pre-saved MBR.