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What is it and how do I use the McAfee Labs Stinger?

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Last updated 05 February 2014

McAfee Labs Stinger is a standalone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but rather a tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with an infected system. Stinger utilizes next-generation scan engine technology, including process scanning, digitally signed .DAT files, and scan performance optimizations. It detects and removes threats identified under the "List Viruses" icon in the Stinger application.

  1. Download the latest version of Stinger.
  2. When prompted, choose to save the file to a convenient location on your hard disk, such as your Desktop folder.
  3. When the download is complete, navigate to the folder that contains the downloaded Stinger file, and run it. WindowsME/XP/Vista users read this first.
  4. The Stinger interface will be displayed.

  5. By default, Stinger scans rootkits, running processes, loaded modules, registry and directory locations known to be used by malware on the machine to keep scan times minimal. If necessary, click the Add or Browse button to add additional drives/directories to scan.
  6. Click the 'Scan Now' button to begin scanning the specified drives/directories.
  7. By default, Stinger will repair all infected files found
  8. Stinger leverages Artemis Technology and runs network heuristics at Medium level by default. If you select "High" or "Very High," McAfee Labs recommends that you set the "On virus detection" action to "Report only" for the first scan.

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