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updating on disk anti-virus defs

Posted: Mon May 11, 2009 2:32 am
by lordscion
Well to start off this is a most amazing tool and if i was employed right now i would donate to this most amazing endavor. But what my question is ok i have burned the iso to a dvd and loaded it into the pc im trying to fix but the macfee av defs are out of date and when i try to update them i get a write error and i cant figure out how to change the dir so it saves the updates some where else or simple how do i get it to add the defs like it should. if anyone has any ideas how to fix this issue i would be so greatful

Posted: Mon May 11, 2009 7:42 am
by fasthands
I also face a similar problem. I added the latest mcafee definitions, which I extracted from the latest SDAT, to the UBCD ISO. When I boot with UBCD, and try to run the mcafee command line scanner, it says 'unable to load scan86.exe'. Nowadays, the McAfee definition file is almost 50MB, and the program may not be able to load the definition in memory.

A workaround I tried was to start the system in Safe Mode with command prompt, then run the scanner, which loads correctly, as Windows is managing the memory in this case. It works, but then the whole concept of having a boot disk is eliminated, as we need a boot disk because we dont want to load windows.

I think the UBCD must be tweaked to be able to use all of the physical memory installed on the system, which will enable it to load the definitions.

Posted: Mon May 11, 2009 11:45 am
by Icecube
Try UBCD50b12:
- It has F-prot and ClamAV as virus scanner (run Parted Magic first to run them).
- Or run Avira antivirus

Posted: Thu May 14, 2009 10:32 am
by fasthands
Thanks, but F-Prot DOS has stopped creating updates, the sign.def, and other files are not updated anymore.

I havent tried ClamAV yet, so cannot comment on it.

Posted: Thu May 14, 2009 11:32 am
by Icecube
The F-prot in UBCD50b12 is the linux version.

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 1:29 am
by pinari
What is the best antivirus program to use? i bought a new computer and i was wondering what innexpensive antivirus program to get. 10 points best answer!
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Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:08 pm
by The Piney
Best is really subjective in that many people like varying programs. I for one have used many of the free versions and mostly use AVG and Avast. I have read however that Avira has the best detection rate out along with the most false positives. There are some review sites out there that have tested many versions out, but are usually a version or so behind.

My top suggestions are:

1. AVG
2. Avast
3. Avira
4. Whatever you want....

I don't suggest Norton or Mcafee as I used to many years ago as they are paid versions and so many free versions are just as good. Take this advice with others that post and make your decision as to what you prefer.