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6.1 Command-Line Scanner scanning options

By default f-prot scans all files, including inside archives.

Options Description
-ai Enable neural-network virus detection. The -ai option should not be used with the -noheur option.
-archive [default] Scan inside supported archives. Supported archives are .zip, .cab, .tar, .gz, .izh and .arj files. Currently F-PROT Antivirus does not support disinfection or removal of infected files within archives. UNIX mailboxes are considered to be archives and therefore F-PROT Antivirus is not able to remove infected attachments.
-noarchive Does not scan inside archives. The option -noarchive implies -noserver.
-server [default] Attempts to identify infections within password protected archives. The option -server implies -archive.
-noserver Does not attempt to identify infections within password protected archives.
-type Scan files by content. By default f-prot scans all files. By using the -type option, you are instructing the scanner to limit the search to scanning by content.
-auto Automatically remove detected viruses. As noted above, this will not work on archived files.
-collect Scan a virus collection. This option is intended for advanced users. When this option is used it will, e.g. scan for bootsector viruses within files, even though the virus resides within a file instead of a bootsector.
-delete Delete infected files. By default this requires user confirmation but if you include the -auto option f-prot will not prompt you for confirmation before deleting infected files. F-PROT Antivirus does not support removal of infected files located within archives.
-disinf Disinfect whenever possible. By default this requires user confirmation but if you include the -auto option f-prot will not prompt you for confirmation before disinfecting infected files. F-PROT Antivirus does not support disinfection of infected files located within archives.
-dumb [default] Scan all files, regardless of extensions or content.
-ext Scan only files with default extensions. By default f-prot scans all files. By using the -ext option, you are instructing the scanner to limit the search to files with default extensions
-follow Follow symbolic links. This should be used with care, as the program does not detect "circular" directories, and may get stuck in an endless loop.
-noheur Disable heuristic scanning. The -noheur option should not be used with the -ai option.
-nosub Do not scan subdirectories.
-onlyheur Only use heuristics, do not scan for known virus signatures. By using this option F-PROT Antivirus will only detect a fraction of infected files.
-packed [default] Unpack compressed executables. There is no corresponding -nopacked option. This option is provided for legacy reasons.
-rename Rename extensions of infected files to prevent them from being executed, e.g. renaming file.com to file.vom and file.exe to file.vxe. This will not prevent files from being executed on UNIX systems because:
  • .exe files and .com files from Windows are not executable on a UNIX platform by default
  • file extensions are not used on UNIX systems with regards to executability.

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