FAV_BOOT - FreeDOS Antivirus Emergency boot disk by ROSE SWE


Synopsis: DOS boot disk based on FreeDOS. FreeDOS Antivirus Emergency boot disk by ROSE SWE using a modified MODBOOT technology. Enhanced with ROSE SWE Freeware tools!

Bootable floppies for PCs usually contain DOS or miniature versions of Linux. The most commonly available floppy disk can hold only 1.44 MB of data in its standard format, making it impractical for loading large operating systems. The use of boot floppies is in decline, due to the availability of other higher-capacity options, such as CD-ROMs or USB flash drives. If you do not have a floppy drive any more you can burn a bootable FAV_Boot data CD-ROM or put FAV_Boot on a bootable USB flash drive!

Picture: Boot screen of the FAV_Boot disk

Below you can download an image file of a FreeDOS Antivirus boot disk (FAV_BOOT) suitable to boot your PC for maintenance, backup, partitioning and virus scanning. The disk contains DOS anti virus tools (MBRKill, HMS, ChkPC, Quick Memory Scanner etc.), virus killers as well as other useful tools for maintenance (e.g. MBR-Info, fdisk, format etc.). This boot disk is immune against extended recursive partitions (also known as extended circular partitions) that prevents users accessing infected machines when booting MS/PC-DOS boot disks. I have tested this boot disk against the Emperor.5826 and Emperor.5832 virus known for extended recursive partitions.

This DOS boot disk based on FreeDOS  (http://www.freedos.org) and was assembled by ROSE SWE, Ralph Roth (http://rose.rult.at)

FreeDOS itself is covered by the GNU GPL License, however this floppy contains programs (c) by ROSE SWE and third parties e.g. Bart Lagerweij or Horst Schäffer. You can freely distribute the complete archive (disk), but I would appreciate it to receive an email, when you are doing so, because as said above, it contains copyrighted software made by me and others. If you do enhancements to this floppy, let me know. My software is Freeware, and fells not under the GNU GPL. NEVER REDISTRIBUTE MODIFIED FAV_BOOT images containing third party software!


The FAV_BOOT (including MODBOOT) disk is available free for download. You must be member of the ROSE_SWE mailing list to download the archive (membership is free), see "Mailing List" for details on how to get access. Download it here:

Build 205     https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/rose_swe/files/favboot-b205-20160202.zip

Build 201     http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rose_swe/files/favboot-b201-20130825.zip

Build 150     http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rose_swe/files/fav_boot_b150-12062005.zip

Older downloads (maybe for strange hardware, troubleshooting etc.)

Build 137     http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rose_swe/files/fav_boot_b137-21072004.zip


You can also download the older version of FAV_BOOT without the MODBOOT and FAT32 functionality. Downloading does not require membership of the ROSE_SWE mailing list!

Click here to download an older version (2002 - build 44, around 870 KB) - Server will be moved in 2016:

Build 44     http://www.virushelpmunich.de/info/remover/fav_boot.zip


Starting with build 50 I use a heavy modified MODBOOT concept. I have cut and pasted some passages from the MODBOOT tutorial for your reference, see also: http://www.nu2.nu/bootdisk/modboot The MODBOOT concept is (c) by Bart Lagerweij

My major changes are: Only GNU/Freeware stuff, some enhancements (xkeyb), compressed tar archives (.tgz) instead of MS cabinets (.cab) and some batches are modified.

Some extracts:

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