Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 5973
boot virus detection
Last modified: 2015-01-07 18:38:54 EST
I have Pentium II 400Mhz. I installed RedHat 6.1. Because of
my WinNT I use bootdisk to load Linux but every time I use
it my computer gives me the following message:
Trend ChipAwayVirus has detected a boot virus on your hard
My hard disk is clean and the problem is related to linux
Try remaking the boot disk within linux and see if that solves the
problem. Reopen this issue if that does not solve the problem.
The problem is still there, remaking another boot disk within linux
does not change anything. ChipAwayVirus of my computer does not like
bootdisk of RedHat linux version 6.1.
I did not have this problem with version 6.0 or 5.2.
Unable to replicate in the test lab with a machine which has ChipAway
detection. In talking with engineering staff here, have no reason to
believe that our boot disk has anything to do with it.
I also install Lilo on my hard disk but I have the save problem. Every
time that I boot linux it gives the same warrning. The problem is not
related to bootdisk but kernel itself.
Solution from Trend Micro:
Title: Always getting a virus alert when I start the computer
using LINUX LILO.
Problem: Booting from Linux LILO can trigger a false alarm from
ChipAwayVirus. Whenever you start you computer,
ChipAwayVirus performs a quick check of your computer's boot
sector for viruses. This scan occurs right after system start up,
before the OS. No problems have been reported for Windows or
DOS, OS, but using the LINUX LILO can cause a false alarm.
If you are running LINUX LILO and receiving a persistent boot
sector virus alarm, disable the virus in the BIOS.
To turn off boot sector scanning in the BIOS, start your CMOS
editor (usually by pressing the DEL key a few seconds after
powering on) and locate the virus scanning feature. For AMI
BIOS's, this is under the "Advanced" menu heading. In Award
BIOS's, check the "Anti Virus Protection" heading.
In either case, locate "Trend ChipAway Virus", or simply
"Anti-virus" and toggle the "Disable" option.
Without changing anything else, save you new settings and
restart the computer.