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Fixed Disk Boot Sector - The BIOS Optimization Guide

Fixed Disk Boot Sector – The BIOS Optimization Guide

Fixed Disk Boot Sector - The BIOS Optimization Guide

Fixed Disk Boot Sector

Common Options : Normal, Write Protect

 

Quick Review

The Fixed Disk Boot Sector BIOS feature provides rudimentary anti-virus protection by write-protecting the boot sector.

If this feature is enabled, the BIOS will block any attempt to write to the boot sector and flash a warning message. This protects the system from boot sector viruses. Please note that it offers no protection against other types of viruses.

If this feature is disabled, the BIOS will not block any writes to the boot sector.

This feature can cause problems with software that need to write to the boot sector. One good example is the installation routine of all versions of Microsoft Windows, from Windows 95 onwards. When enabled, this feature causes the installation routine to fail.

Many hard drive diagnostic utilities that access the boot sector can also trigger the system halt and error message as well. Therefore, you should disable this feature before running such utilities, or when you intend to install a new operating system.

 

Details

The Fixed Disk Boot Sector BIOS feature provides rudimentary anti-virus protection by write-protecting the boot sector.

If this feature is enabled, the BIOS will block any attempt to write to the boot sector and flash a warning message. This protects the system from boot sector viruses. Please note that it offers no protection against other types of viruses.

If this feature is disabled, the BIOS will not block any writes to the boot sector.

This feature can cause problems with software that need to write to the boot sector. One good example is the installation routine of all versions of Microsoft Windows, from Windows 95 onwards. When enabled, this feature causes the installation routine to fail.

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Many hard drive diagnostic utilities that access the boot sector can also trigger the system halt and error message as well. Therefore, you should disable this feature before running such utilities, or when you intend to install a new operating system.

Please note that this BIOS feature is useless for storage drives that run on external controllers with their own BIOS. Boot sector viruses will bypass the system BIOS with such anti-virus protection features, and write directly to the drives. Such controllers include additional IDE, SATA or SCSI controllers that are either built into the motherboard or part of add-on PCI Express or PCI cards.

 

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Mikko Hypponen On The Death Of Antivirus @ AVAR 2016

Mikko Hypponen is the Chief Research Officer at F-Secure, where he has worked since 1991. He is one of the world’s foremost expert on computer security, serving on the advisory board of IMPACT (International Multilateral Partnership against Cyber Threats).

He is a sought-after speaker who has given keynotes and presentations at security events like Black Hat and DEF CON, as well as mainstream events like TED and SXSW. He even speaks at military events and writes for BetaNews and Wired.

It was therefore a great opportunity to hear him speak about the purported death of antivirus software and services at the 2016 AVAR Conference. Join us for his full talk on the latest security threats and the future of the antivirus industry!

 

The 2016 AVAR Conference

Malaysia was the host for the 2016 AVAR (Association of Anti-Virus Asia Researchers) Conference with delegates from all over the world. The hosts were F-Secure Malaysia, together with MDEC (Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation) and Cybersecurity Malaysia.

MDEC Vice President Norhizam Kadir kicked off the 2016 AVAR conference by explaining how MDEC aims to catalyse the Malaysian digital economy.

Every year, the AVAR Conference is held in one of its many members’ countries with focus on various aspects of the information security world or underworld. The mission of AVAR is to develop cooperative relationships among prominent experts on cyber security, with participation from countries such as Malaysia, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, and the USA. [adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Mikko Hypponen : Is Antivirus Dead?

Now, learn from Mikko Hypponen about the latest security threats and the future of the antivirus industry! Whether you are an antivirus researcher, a computer security professional, or just a tech geek, this talk will rivet you. No wonder he’s such a sought-after speaker!

 

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