Protect Files Fro Virus Scanners

By Matthew G. Davidson ·
Is there a way to shield certain files from Virus Scanners? I use some "hacking programs" from time to time, but on certain computers the real time virus scanner will delete these files. I know some virus programs allow you to create exclusions, but I work on over 100 systems and most have different anti-virus software. I know I could put them on a CD (read only), but I do not want to be carrying around a CD everywhere. USB drives are easy to update and much more mobile! Thanks for your help!

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Sorry - but you're not making much sense to me ..

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Protect Files Fro Virus S ...

Why are you asking about shielding the files, if you already realise that a USB drive is the answer?

If you keep these programs on a thumb drive you won't have a problem.

Even if the thumb drive is attached during an anti-virus scan, you can set the scanner to ignore removable drives.

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Doesn't matter.... they're 'hacks'.......

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Sorry - but you're not ma ...

.... any good virus scanner SHOULD prevent them from running, especially when started from a Thumb Drive or simply copied to the HDD.

Of course, they probably could be run while in Safe Mode while the A/V isn't running.

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I didn't mean they could be RUN from the thumb drive..

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Doesn't matter.... they'r ...

I just meant that whenever the scanner ran its sweep, they might not be picked up on.

However, the moment they were invoked, even from a thumb drive, the scanner should recognise them immediately and raise the alarm.

****, my scanner alerts me even if I download a questionable installer package, and that's during the download no less!

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at the risk of of being overly simple....

by computechdan In reply to I didn't mean they could ...

use a write protected flash drive

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It is probably best to stick with a CD

by Jacky Howe In reply to Protect Files Fro Virus S ...

you can get the mini CD's that don't use much space. Another alternative.

In the recent release of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), a new feature was added by Microsoft to allow the write protection of USB block storage devices. This entails a simple Registry modification that requires no hardware devices to write protect thumb drives.

If the USB drive has no small switch for write protection you can create a Batch file to turn it on through the Registry

REG ADD HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies /v WriteProtect /t REG_DWORD /d 1

and one to turn it off but a System restart is required. Place the Batch files on the USB.

reg delete HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies /f

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