Phoenix Award BIOS settings I'm trying, slowly, to try to get a better understanding of how this machine works! (XP Home+SP2) I've just been looking at Advanced BIOS Features and I have a query about two of the default settings. 1) Anti-Virus Protection is Disabled - this seems to me to be a good thing, so why is it turned off? 2) Quick Boot is Enabled - the manual says that this allows the system to boot within 5 seconds! It has never done that and as far as I know the boot process is normal and takes about 100seconds or so. Could someone offer some comment on those features. At this time the BIOS settings remain as they left Evesham 3 years ago.
BIOSes these days have protection to stop writing to them - which is better than a BIOS anti-virus feature. So most people leave it disabled.
This is not anti-virus for your system in general - just the BIOS. (as Stuartli said).
Quick-boot maybe a misnomer (Also possibly called Quick Power-On Self Test) - it should better be described as Quick-Post (Power On Self Test). Disabling it makes the POST do a longer and more thorough memory test. Just Try it - you'll see the memory test section take muck longer at power-up.
Some main boards have more sophisticated settings - for instance my QDI board has a "BootEasy" (A Quick-boot lookalike perhaps) - which stores bootup parameters and further reduces the time taken by the BIOS to complete it's test and self configuration.
And likewise the QDI board Virus feature also protects writing to the MBR (Master Boot Record) on the hard drive.
So the best plan is to read the manual for your particular board, as there are differences and extra features between boards.