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sacnning virus during startup

by kwokwai -space4english / March 22, 2006 12:11 AM PST

I am using Win98SE with AVG installed.

I am totally a newbie to AVG, but just install this program to protect my system.

The AVG program seems to scan the core files in the Windows everytime during Windows startup, the black screen before the Welcome screen is shown.

Is it possible to disable this auto-scanning setting?

Why does AVG scan some files during startup? What are these files, actually?

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by Kees Bakker / March 22, 2006 12:20 AM PST


Some critical MS-DOS files can better (or so AVG thinks) scanned before Windows loads. It's just one line (I can't see it now, because I don't have AVG here at work, only at home, so I can't tell you what it is at the moment) in \autoexec.bat (i.e. autoexec.bat in the root folder). You'll easily recognize it, and if you don't, please repost.

Three ways to disable this, depending on your preferences:
1. MSCONFIG, startup tab: uncheck this line.
2. SYSEDIT and uncheck this line
3. Notepad: open \autoexec.bat, put REM (with a space after it) in front of the program name (so it becomes something like REM AVGBOOT.EXE) and save it
Your choice, depending on your experience.

Hope this helps.


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may I ask some further questions
by kwokwai -space4english / March 22, 2006 12:43 AM PST
In reply to: Re: AVG

Thanks for telling me those helpful info!
You may be the kindest man I have ever met in this forum since I have registered as a member!

As I have installed AVG in Win98, maybe just as other CNET members may ask, can I just copy the whole AVG folder in the "Windows\Program files" directory, and then paste to WinXP?
I hope to use AVG in XP, but I don't want to have a clean installation.
Do you think if my idea is feasible?

Also, could you tell me what does the three words stand for, REM?

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Further answers.
by Kees Bakker / March 22, 2006 4:06 AM PST

Don't move or copy anything. It won't work at all. Just do a fresh install on your other computer. Works fine. In fact, it's the only way.

And REM at the start of a line in config.sys, autoexec.bat and, in fact, all programs written in the venerable BASIC language (but that's quite something else) makes the whole line to comment, so it won't be executed. It's short for REMARK.


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I find this instead!
by kwokwai -space4english / March 22, 2006 12:52 AM PST
In reply to: Re: AVG


Should I change it to be this:

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by Kees Bakker / March 22, 2006 4:01 AM PST
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where are the updated files go to?
by kwokwai -space4english / March 22, 2006 1:13 AM PST
In reply to: Re: AVG

Users can choose to update AVG through the Update Tab, but I have no idea where the updated files go to?

I have just made a copy of the whole AVG folder in the Porgram files directory just in case AVG is corrupted; I think I must make sure that those updated files won't go to AVG folder in Program files, but to another folder instead, such as "C:\WINDOWS\Application Data".

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Don't touch it.
by Kees Bakker / March 22, 2006 4:10 AM PST

Just let the update do its work and everything will be OK. Any interference can only turn out negative.

No need in fact to have a backup copy of the AVG-program. It will only be confused if you copy it back after you did some updates. If anything happens to the program (but I've never seen it), just uninstall, rerun setup.exe and let AVG do all it's updates. You might like to save a backup copy of setup.exe somewhere, just in case you can't connect to the Internet to redownload it.


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