McAfee Stinger is a standalone utility used to detect and remove
specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection,
but a specialized tool to assist administrators and users when dealing
with infected system. Stinger utilizes next-generation scan technology,
including rootkit scanning, and scan performance optimizations. It
detects and removes threats identified under the "Threat List" option
under Advanced menu options in the Stinger application.
How do you use Stinger?
- Download the latest version of Stinger
- When prompted, choose to save the file to a convenient location on your hard disk, such as your Desktop folder.
- When the download is complete, navigate to the folder that contains the downloaded Stinger file, and run it.
- The Stinger interface will be displayed.
- By default, Stinger scans for rootkits, running processes, loaded modules, registry and directory locations known to be used by malware on a machine to keep scan times minimal. If necessary, click the "Customize my scan" button to add additional drives/directories to scan.
- Click the Scan button to begin scanning the specified drives/directories.
- By default, Stinger will repair any infected files it finds.
- Stinger leverages GTI File Reputation and runs network heuristics at
Medium level by default. If you select "High" or "Very High," McAfee
Labs recommends that you set the "On threat detection" action to
"Report" only for the first scan.