Checking single files with F-Prot for DOS on a Windows 95/98 machine:
Warning: I have received some reports that this won't work with
Windows ME because the report window can't be closed after the scan. I
have received other reports that it works fine with Windows ME. Since I
don't have a Windows ME system to check, it is up to you to decide whether
to try this or not. If it doesn't work for you, don't say that you
haven't been warned.
To be done once:
- Go to F-Prot directory (C:\FP\ on my computer) and right-click on
the file "F-PROT.EXE". Select "Create Shortcut".
- The shortcut has been created.
(The ".pif" will probably not show on your system unless you have
made the registry changes necessary for some special
hidden extensions to be unhidden. Some of those special extensions are
also the ones used by a number of viruses and worms to masquerade as
harmless files. "MyDogRover.jpg.pif" (an imaginary example) which can be
an executable file can appear as the harmless file, "MyDogRover.jpg"
without the registry changes mentioned above -- even when you have turned
off the hiding of file extensions.)
See Screenshot 2.
- Open a window to the "C:\WINDOWS\SendTo" directory.
See Screenshot 3. The steps:
- Double-click on "My Computer",
- double-click on "C:",
- double-click on "WINDOWS",
- double-click on "SendTo".
- Drag and drop the shortcut to F-Prot to the SendTo directory.
See Screenshot 4.
To check a file once the steps above have been taken:
- For an example, I have selected a file in my Download directory to
show how to check a single file. (The file was an email attachment and
I renamed it from "CLICK.EXE" to "CLICK.XEX" so it can't be run by
accident.) You should not actually select the file at this stage.
It could be dangerous if it had an executable extension and you
accidentally double-clicked. I just did it (very carefully) to show you
the file to be tested.
See Screenshot 5.
- Right-click on the file and you will get a menu.
See Screenshot 6.
- Select "Send To" on the menu to get a list of things or places to
which the file can be sent.
See Screenshot 7.
- Select "Shortcut to F-PROT".
See Screenshot 8.
- ... and click on it to check the file. In this example case, the file
checked was infected. Click on the
in the title-bar of the window to close the window.
An easier but possibly riskier alternative:
I have been recently informed, it is also possible to create a shortcut
to F-Prot on the desktop and check a single file by dragging and dropping
its icon onto the F-Prot shortcut icon. I have tried that and it works.
You may find that easier. However, I will stick to my version for one
reason -- an injured hand causes me to accidentally double-click at times
when I intend to click once. An accidental right double-click will still
just present me with the menu that includes the Send-To
selection. An accidental left double-click could run an infectious file
when all I intended was to drop it on the F-Prot icon.
A member of my computer club is working on a web page that will include
screen-shots of the steps necessary to unhide some special (and dangerous)
file extensions such as ".pif" and ".shs" that are normally hidden by
Windows 95/98/etc. even when you have told Windows to display file
extensions. Until the web page is available, you can grab the zipped
file, unhide.zip containing the screen-shots of
the steps I used to unhide those special extensions. Please don't
bookmark the location of the file. It will be removed and this
paragraph will be replaced with a pointer to the web page currently
under construction as soon as it is finished.
Webmaster: Norman De Forest.
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