"Out of Memory" Error After Updating MSAV Signature File (127807)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.2
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.21
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.22

This article was previously published under Q127807


After you update the Microsoft Anti-Virus signature files, you receive the following error message when you press the F9 key while you are running MS-DOS Anti-Virus (MSAV.EXE):

Out of memory
When this error occurs, the computer may stop responding (hang).

Note that this problem occurs only with the MS-DOS Anti-Virus signature files. This problem does not occur with the Windows Anti-Virus (MWAV.EXE) signature files.


The Microsoft MS-DOS Anti-Virus signature file update (DOSAV.EXE) dated 3/18/95 and later corrects the "Out of Memory" error the article discusses. All information about the updated signature file for MS-DOS Anti-Virus is provided by Symantec/Central Point.


Updated signature files for the Microsoft Anti-Virus programs for MS-DOS and Windows are available from the Symantec/Central Point BBS or the Symantec/Central Point forum on CompuServe. The updated signature list for MS-DOS Anti-Virus is called DOSAV.EXE, dated 9/27/95. The updated signature list for Windows Anti-Virus is called WINAV.EXE, dated 8/31/95.

The Symantec/Central Point BBS number is (541) 984-5366.

To reach the Symantec/Central Point forum on CompuServe, type GO SYMDOS or SYMWIN at any CompuServe prompt.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 11/23/1999
Keywords: KB127807