McAfee Stinger

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Description

When a universal provider of antivirus trims down to a product that has specific modulations, including a particular set of worms to find, such as, rootkit malware, then one comes down to McAfee Stinger. It is a modification of the original antivirus, in question, ready for automatic use by advanced users in special quarantine environments.

Features

Unlike the full-scale version, this one works with a system that is already under attack: it scans threats under its programming interface that the administrator already knows exist. It eradicates the threats, immediately, as it runs along the most prone areas of the hard disk. The following are some of the features and options concerning this antivirus kit, besides a rated conclusion.

Prior to going into a complete dissection of the specifications of MacAfee Stinger for Windows OS, here is how to set up the program. One has to go to the download site and direct the file to a repository on an accessible location on the personal computer. The next step is to click on the folder containing the program and run it. Upon complete installation, it will carry out the following functions that constitute most of its performance features: Scan all rootkit areas that are the best-known sources of malware, even without the user prompting it to do so. It also completes check up of any process that is currently running on the machine. It employs artificial intelligence to scan the registry, especially on locales that malware mostly infects.
In short, its programmed features ensure that it targets pinpoint locations and thus brings fast results. Alternatively, if none of the drives that this software automatically checks has the threat one is looking for, one can go for the customizing option. It allows the administrator to expand to more locations where the scanner will run.

Comparison

There are many rivals of this program but one can narrow down to Avast, which also runs a rootkit scanner. The differences between the two lie in the following major detail: While the Avast scanner identifies a rootkit that is hidden, after a scan it may return the message of lack of a threat. The program under highlight, however, is more specific and removes any malware immediately rather than passing a general run that might confuse malware.

Conclusion

It suffices to give McAfee Stinger a rating of 4.9 out of 5 because of the reason that it detects malware in already infected machines rather than running a fruitless scan like a general antivirus program. If the program would have been full-scale in targeting all drives and directories without awaiting the user to add a directory for scanning, it would have amassed all five points. It is also available for all versions of Windows, beginning with XP.

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