Network Associates updates VirusScan

Network Associates Inc. has released a new version of its McAfee VirusScan product, which the company said is aimed at beating the recent wave of worms and viruses that has bombarded the Internet.

According to Network Associates, the latest version of the product includes enhanced WormStopper technology, a feature which automatically detects and alerts users when their systems are trying to send out an unusually high volume of e-mails within a 30-second period. This ultimately enables users to prevent the spreading of mass-mailing worms without their knowledge. WormStopper can also check for repetitious e-mail content and will block any suspicious outgoing e-mail.

Tracy Hulver, director of product management for Network Associates in Washington, said that because the SoBig and Lovesan worms spread with remarkable speed, the company's antivirus scanner attempts to stop viruses from hitting computers by using heuristics and algorithms to log the similarities between viruses. Once the system recognizes a similarity between one virus and the new virus attacking the system, it will alert the user to block it. For example, if a user sends an e-mail to everyone in his or her address book, or sends a lot of e-mails with different subject lines within a short time, it gets flagged because those are the usual signs of a virus, he explained.

VirusScan also automatically scans attachments sent through instant messaging clients such as America Online Inc.'s Instant Messenger, Yahoo Inc.'s Messenger and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Messenger. It automatically gives users the option to remove spyware and adware applications.

The company said it has also set up the McAfee Security Center to provide real-time security information to users, to warn them of newly found threats. The service is free to customers. "It's more of a report card of how secure we feel your system is," Hulver said.

VirusScan is priced at US$34.95 and is available on the company's Web site at www.mcafee.com.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Albert Leonardo

ITWorldCanada
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?