Microsoft DOS msav command

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

About msav

An antivirus 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.


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

Msav syntax

Microsoft antivirus Copyright (c) 1992-1993 Central Point Software, Inc.

Scans your computer for known viruses.

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

MSAV [drive:][path]file name [/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 file names that have been scanned. Use only with /N or /P.
/VIDEO Displays a list of switches that control how MSAV is displayed.

Msav 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 antivirus definition for further information and related links on this term.