Any way to scan for viruses ?

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Any way to scan for viruses ?

Postby Intel486dx33 » 2019-2-08 @ 20:47

I have a 486 computer running Windows-95c with 64mb. ram and 8gb CF card.
It has internet access via I.E. 5.0

Are there any web-page friendly websites to access that will scan for viruses ?

I currently use McAfee Antivirus 5.1.3
Which works with Win95c but I can't update the Virus .dat file for the Newest virus definitions.
because the McAfee server is unavailable for this old version of Antivirus.
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Re: Any way to scan for viruses ?

Postby cyclone3d » 2019-2-08 @ 21:17

Pretty sure there isn't going to be anything that work with Windows 9x or older. XP is probably the oldest that you would be able to use a newer scanner on.
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Re: Any way to scan for viruses ?

Postby gca » 2019-2-08 @ 21:22

Have you tried to share the drive on the network then connect to that share using a more current machine and scan it that way. Probably quicker and safer than sending every file on the system out over the internet.
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Re: Any way to scan for viruses ?

Postby treeman » 2019-2-08 @ 22:27

why not use a usb - > cf card reader on a modern pc which will show up like a normal usb drive and scan it that way, it's even better because win95 is not reserving system files its running off the cf card
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Re: Any way to scan for viruses ?

Postby StevOnehundred » 2019-2-08 @ 22:43

Not sure using a modern AV is advisable for scanning an old OS. Tried it once, scanning an ME machine from a Vista machine with AVG and it thought a load of the old system files were virus files and stuck 'em in quarantine.

ClamWin isn't compatible with 95, is it?
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Re: Any way to scan for viruses ?

Postby clueless1 » 2019-2-08 @ 23:08

BitDefender used to make a linux-based boot CD with their AV built in. You could either manually download the latest definitions or fetch them from the machine's internet connection. Other AV vendors probably have similar tools. Even MS Security Essentials has an "offline" boot CD. It requires Windows to run, and I'm not sure it would recognize Win95 as a valid version of Windows. LOL

edit: if you just wanted a "one and done" scan, put the hdd in a modern computer and use its AV to scan it.

also, you probably don't need to worry too much about modern definitions for a 486 Win95 system. Modern malware probably wouldn't know what to do with that system.
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Re: Any way to scan for viruses ?

Postby Intel486dx33 » 2019-2-09 @ 03:06

gca wrote:Have you tried to share the drive on the network then connect to that share using a more current machine and scan it that way. Probably quicker and safer than sending every file on the system out over the internet.


D'oh !
That's right I am using a CF card for a reason ? Not only to add files easily from my Win-10 computer but I can also scan the CF card for viruses.
I just need to plug-in my USB CF card reader into my Win-10 computer and then plug in my CF card from my 486 PC.

Thanks man.
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Re: Any way to scan for viruses ?

Postby Zup » 2019-2-09 @ 07:10

clueless1 wrote:BitDefender used to make a linux-based boot CD with their AV built in. You could either manually download the latest definitions or fetch them from the machine's internet connection. Other AV vendors probably have similar tools. Even MS Security Essentials has an "offline" boot CD. It requires Windows to run, and I'm not sure it would recognize Win95 as a valid version of Windows. LOL

edit: if you just wanted a "one and done" scan, put the hdd in a modern computer and use its AV to scan it.

also, you probably don't need to worry too much about modern definitions for a 486 Win95 system. Modern malware probably wouldn't know what to do with that system.


They still do. But the latest issue (December 2018) can't be booted from USB (using both Rufus and stickifier).

Also, keep in mind that those boot CDs are meant for modern computers and maybe require more memory than installed in a typical Windows 95 machine.
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