June 22, 2020

McAfee Stinger

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McAfee Stinger is a standalone virus removal tool that is created to detect and clean specific viruses from an infected computer. It's a lightweight security tool with a simple set of features that include scanning the system for viruses on-demand and support removing of 600+ threats (including GameOver Zeus and CryptoLocker ransomware) at the ease of a click. Stinger is a specialized and limited virus removal tool that offer to remove specific known viruses, but it's not a substitute for McAfee's full anti-virus protection.

Stinger comprises "Real Protect" - a McAfee's innovation called Global Threat Intelligence (also known as "GTI"), that uses a real-time behavior detection technology in order to identify dangerous content on the internet. It constantly monitors suspicious activities on the computer for any malicious content. GTI leverages machine learning and automated behavioral classification system in the cloud to detect zero-day viruses.

By default the application scans into areas where the viruses are known to hide such as loaded modules, running processes, registry, and directory. It also scans location known to be used by other malware on the operating system, such as viruses, spyware, rootkits, worms, trojans, and so on, to keep the scan times minimal.

The scanning areas can be fully customized for a reduced scan time by allowing the administrator to choose a drive or a directory that specifically needs to be scanned. It allows an administrator to view a real-time picture of total scanned files, the number of threats found, total scan time, and cleaned viruses. The program also sends any suspicions to quarantine to let the user decide whether to retain or remove the files.

Key Features:
  • User-friendly interface
  • Launch the tool immediately
  • Scanning areas can be fully customized
  • Suitable for all users
  • Support removing of 600+ threats
  • lightweight and does not affect PC speed

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Last Update: June 22, 2020

Current Version:

License: Freeware

Languages: English

Supported Operating Systems:
Windows XP / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 / Server 2012 / Server 2016 (32-Bit, 64-Bit)

Developer: McAfee Inc. (Intel Security)

Homepage: Mcafee.com