Microsoft DOS msav command

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About msav
Availability
Syntax
Examples

About msav

An anti-virus protection program shipped with DOS 6.2 and above allowing you to scan and clean viruses.

Caution: Windows 95 and above users should NOT run this program! This program was designed for Windows 3.x and with new features of Windows 95, the Windows 3.x version may think Windows 95 is a Virus. This program is over 20 years old and should not be used.

Availability

The msav command is an external command and is available in the below Microsoft operating systems.

MS-DOS 6.2 and above
Windows 3.11
Windows 95 (if upgraded from Windows 3.11).

Syntax

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Scans your computer for known viruses.

MSAV [drive:] [drive:] [drive:]

MSAV [drive:][path]filename [/S | /C] [/R] [/A | /L] [/N] [/P] [/F] [/VIDEO]

/S Scans disk and files for viruses (on by default).
/C Scans and cleans disk and files for viruses.
/R Creates a report file [MSAV.RPT] in the root directory.
/A Scans all drives except drives A and B.
/L Scans all local drives except drives A and B.
/N Displays contents of MSAV.TXT, if present, in place of interface.
/P Displays command-line interface.
/F Turns off the display of filenames that have been scanned. Use only with /N or /P.
/VIDEO Displays a list of switches that control how MSAV is displayed.

Examples

MSAV /s /r

Open the virus scanner, scan on default, and then create a report and save it to a file.

Additional information

  • See our anti-virus definition for further information and related links on this term.