README FIRST!: Command AntiVirus with F-PROT Professional® for DOS
Command AntiVirus for DOS
Command Software is proud to introduce Command AntiVirus Version 4.52
with HoloCheck(tm) scanning technology.
PRIOR TO INSTALLATION
Before installing or running Command AntiVirus for the first time,
please verify that your Command AntiVirus disks are write-protected.
If you suspect your computer has a virus, boot from a floppy disk
that is write-protected and then scan for viruses.
For a list of international distributors of Command AntiVirus,
see the DISTRIB.TXT file.
The file called FILEINFO.TXT is a list of file descriptions and files
that have changed since the previous release.
Please read the CSAV For DOS Quick Start Guide that is included with
the installation files. It provides installation instructions and an
overview of Command AntiVirus for DOS. To read the Quick Start Guide,
open the file named QSDOS.TXT.
Notes on Command AntiVirus for DOS (CSAV) version 4.52
New virus signatures have been added for this release.
If F-PROT.EXE used the /TODAY switch and encountered a corrupt
F-PROT.DAT file, scanning would repeat unnecessarily. This situation
has been fixed.
Occasionally, after a scan configured to list all files and scan
archives had been completed, rebooting via the ESC key resulted
in boot errors. The errors would appear only when the scan had been
configured from within the CSAV for DOS graphical user interface.
The boot error problem has been fixed.
A problem involving the /SAFEREMOVE switch not disinfecting properly
has been resolved. The switch now functions correctly when used with
the required /DISINF switch.
If you have installed F-PROT for DOS under Windows 95/98 and your
AUTOEXEC.BAT file contains the line "F-PROT /hard /today", you may
encounter either system freezes or extraneous characters on
your display. To correct those problems, modify your AUTOEXEC.BAT
so that the DOS "mode" command appears immediatly before and after
the "F-PROT" command. For example:
F-PROT /HARD /TODAY
Notes on Command AntiVirus for DOS (CSAV) version 4.51
Command AntiVirus boasts our HoloCheck(tm) scanning technology,
providing the most up-to-date virus prevention. The most important
benefits of this technology are:
* Simplified updates. You can now update the SIGN.DEF and
Macro.def files (which contain the most current virus signatures)
without reinstalling all of the components. This method adds
speed and efficiency to the new version of Command AntiVirus.
* Superior polymorphic virus detection. CSAV now offers
unparalleled protection and elimination of polymorphic viruses
including the dreaded Morphine, Anxiety and Spanska.
* Scanning of embedded (OLE) documents. Not only do we scan
documents, but if an infected document is embedded in an Excel
spreadsheet or PowerPoint document, Command AntiVirus will catch
it and save you from becoming infected.
* Support for nested zip files. New virus signatures have been added
in this release.
F-MACRO.EXE is now part of every scanner and is therefore not needed
as a separate utility.
The Automatic Update feature is not available for the DOS product.
The DOS installation no longer installs CSAV for Windows. As of this
release, CSAV for Windows 3.1x is available as a separate product.
The ability to add user-defined strings is not supported by the
new design of CSAV. The architecture of our HoloCheck technology makes
this feature obsolete without compromising protection.
We recommend that you do not enable Scan All Network Drives from any
of our workstation products as performance on busy servers may be
adversely affected by the additional network traffic.
It is recommended that you reboot immediately after installation because
any other drive letter that you might change to will not be afforded
virus protection until you do so. After the reboot, all drive letters
will be protected.
Also, until you reboot, the addition of C:\F-PROT to the path does not
take affect. In the interim, CSAV for DOS can only be run from the C:\F-PROT
With this version of CSAV for DOS, VIRSTOP is no longer available. All
references to VIRSTOP and its associated programs should be removed from
batch files. Older versions of VIRSTOP are not compatible with
CSAV version 4.51.
Command will support SE_UTIL through 12/1/98. After that date,
customers can continue to use the utility, though we will no longer
Notes on Command AntiVirus for DOS/Windows (CSAV) v.4.00
New virus signatures have been added in this release.
Command AntiVirus contains a completely new Dynamic Virus
Protection (DVP) scheme. The new DVP is a virtual device driver
that replaces the combined functionality of the F-AGENT.EXE,
F-PROTW.CFG, A-PROT.EXE, and FPROTW.386 files. Prior to this
release, configuring F-PROT Professional's DVP consisted of
running DVPSET ADMIN and then making changes the desired
changes in the "F-PROT DVP Settings" dialog box. That
procedure is no longer necessary as Command AntiVirus 4.00's
DVP settings are accessed through the Active Protection tab
found in the Options menu.
Difficulty in getting INSTALL to run from a network directory
has been fixed. The problem involved receiving calls for disk 1 of 3
and then not allowing the installation to complete.
When the /REPORT switch is used with FP.EXE, the F-MACRO
report is automatically appended to the original report.
Prior to this release, the original report was
CSAV is an abbreviation for "Command AntiVirus" -- the new name of
our anti-virus product line. Prior to the name change, the product
line was referred to as "Command's F-PROT Professional."
The Automatic Update feature that is documented in the Command
AntiVirus for DOS and Windows Users Manual is not available
in this version of CSAV. That feature will be included as a
product enhancement in a future release.
32-bit file access may not work with VLM's, CLIENT32 and NETX.
We will revert to 16-bit file access when necessary. Investigation
on this issue is ongoing, but we felt the advantages of
full 32-bit VxD, in terms of stability and speed, were more
important to our customers.
For Client32 users: In DOS, use VIRSTOP2.EXE instead of VIRSTOP.EXE.
Copy VIRSTOP2.EXE from the installation disks to the
F-PROT directory. If you reference VIRSTOP.EXE in your AUTOEXEC.BAT
you will need to change the call to VIRSTOP2.EXE. The options for
VIRSTOP2.EXE are limited. To view the list of options type
VIRSTOP2 /? at a DOS prompt. If you are experiencing any
difficulties, please contact Technical Support.
When VSHARE.386 is disabled in SYSTEM.INI file and SHARE.EXE
is launched from AUTOEXEC.BAT, an "Unable to Load Macro.def"
error message could appear. This is a configuration and resource issue.
VSHARE is the newer of the two programs and it is the preferred driver.
If you must use SHARE for compatibility with older software, its parameters
may need to be adjusted. For more details, please contact the
vendor of the product that requires SHARE.
***** SELECTED NOTES FROM PREVIOUS RELEASES *****
Selected Notes from previous versions of Command's F-PROT Professional
In an effort to reduce the size of the readme files we remove most of
the notes from older versions as they become less relevant. We leave
certain notes which are still pertinent.
In order to run the FPWCFG.EXE program, you must have CTL3D.DLL in the
current working directory with FPWCFG.EXE or the DLL must be in the
Windows\System directory. CTL3D.DLL is copied to the CSAV
directory upon installation.
Please report any virus incidents to [email protected]
Some helpful files are:
SE_EICAR.EXE -- a program that mimics a virus in order to demonstrate how
CSAV (formerly Command's F-PROT Professional) reacts to real viruses, and
SE_UTIL.EXE a utility for multi-platform users. SE_UTIL.EXE contains its
own readthis.bat file for viewing and instructions. These files are located
on the installation diskettes.
If you use File Assist from Norton Desktop for Windows, File | Scan
Directory will not correctly switch drives when you type it into the
File to Scan field.
If you have a NetWare server that is infected with a master boot
sector virus, do not use CSAV (formerly Command's F-PROT Professional) to
disinfect immediately. Instead, boot to a clean system DOS disk and use
FIXDISK.EXE to save an image. After getting the image, use CSAV to disinfect.
If you can't access your NetWare partitions after disinfection,
run FIXDISK.EXE again to undo the image that you just saved.
Please call technical support at 800/423-9147 and arrange to send
us the image for manual disinfection. This procedure is
necessary due to the way NetWare overrides the stealthing
function of viruses by not making changes to the original master
boot sector. When this happens, CSAV will overwrite the partitions.
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include a variety of electronic services. You may contact us at any one
of the following:
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