McAfee Labs Stinger

by McAfee LLC

A specialized tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with infected system

Operating system: Windows

Publisher: McAfee LLC

Release: McAfee Labs Stinger

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Last revision: Last week

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McAfee Stinger is an important tool in the hands of administrators and users. Every threat has its solution, and every virus has its antivirus protection. Still, McAfee stinger is created not to replace the antivirus only to serve the sole purpose of detecting and removing specific viruses. It has precise diagnostic troubleshooting which locates and expunges the threat from an infected system.

Stinger makes use of the high - end scanning technology for effective diagnosis, the use of rootkit scanning, scan performance optimizations.

As the next-generation technology is now using Machine Learning, Stinger is not left out of this advancement. The automated diagnostic feature helps Stinger detect malware and any forms of threats immediately. Viruses found under the "Threat List" option are detected and removed without much hassle in locating where this feature is; it's easily located under the Advanced menu options in the Stinger software. 

McAfee Labs Stinger provides diagnostic, detection and removal of zero-day malware in real-time.

Stinger has different builds for different compatibilities. McAfee EPO software and 64bits. The EPO enables the unification of security management across endpoints, networks, data, and compliance solutions from McAfee and third-party solutions. So EPO administrators can download and make use of Stinger -ePO for 32-bit systems, Stinger -EPO for 64-bits systems, and Stinger for x64 systems. 

The ease of use of any technology is pivotal; thus, McAfee Stinger really prioritizes an easy User Interface to make even a not-too-tech-savvy easily interact and navigate the application and run it like a pro.

Upon installation, Stinger scans by default for any running software, loaded modules, registry, and directory locations, which are all established to be used by malware, this default scanning reduces the number of scans initiated by the user. Additionally, a feature like  "customize my scan" can be enabled. 

By clicking on the Scan icon to begin scanning the desired drives or directories, Stinger will detect and repair any infected files it comes across. McAfee Labs gives a professional recommendation of setting the "On threat detection" action to "Report" only for the first scan. The subsequent scans can be set to "High" or "Very High." If left to the default setting, Stinger uses Global Threat Intelligence File (GTI) Reputation and runs network heuristics at medium. 

Key information to behold is to know that Stinger is not a substitute for a full antivirus scanner. It is only built to detect and remove specific threats upon scanning, so if there is a known threat by you and Stinger does not remove it, it is perhaps the Window System Restore Functionality is having a lock on the infected file. To solve this problem, the user should go to Windows/XP/Vista/7  and disable system restore before scanning.

The scan log is saved by default with the time stamp, and it can be opened in HTML format, and the Quarantine files are also stored.

Features include: Real protect, removal of malware, easily navigated User Interface, use of GTI, machine learning and automated behavioral based classification in the cloud.


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