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Author Topic: How to disguise Windows operating system?  (Read 731 times)
W0BTU
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« on: April 12, 2009, 03:27:57 PM »


I'm wondering if there's a way to fool antivirus software into thinking that a Windows operating system is something other that what it actually is.

Reason is, I have an old multiprocessor Dell PowerEdge server running Windows 2000 Advanced Server, and I can no longer find a good antivirus program and Internet security software that will install on it; attempted installations always halt with an error either saying that 'server operating systems are not supported', or that I need to upgrade to XP or Vista.

Eventually, I'm going to change the OS to some flavor of Linux, but that is just not possible at present.

Back in the days of DOS, there was a tsr available that did this. Perhaps there's a registry setting (I doubt whether it's that simple) or some other method to make any of several antivirus programs I have here install and run on that server.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

73 Mike
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WA7NCL
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2009, 07:38:51 AM »

Switch to Linux, then you don't need a disguise.
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KB3LSR
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2009, 07:40:50 AM »

I agree, go with Linux, can't beat the price of free.  Symantec (Norton) Anti-Virus corporate edition will work on Windows servers and you can get it off e-bay.
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2009, 08:10:00 PM »

Ive run AVG file server edition for years, works fine on Windows 2000 servers...

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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2009, 02:27:03 PM »


I should try AVG server edition again, thanks. I downloaded the trial versions when they first came out, and couldn't install them right away. When I was finally able to try them, there was some kind of problem. I forget what the error messages were. I appreciate the reminder!

73 Mike
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2009, 03:10:32 AM »

Time to upgrade.  Nothing is free.
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KB3LSR
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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2009, 10:24:06 AM »

Linux is 100% free Wink
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