McAfee offers VirusScan for remote workers

Called VirusScan TC (for thin client), the software is scheduled to become available October 16 and will be announced at the Networld+Interop (N+I) networking trade show which kicks off September 25 in the US, said Ryan McGee, a product marketing manager for McAfee.

The program is about 3MB in size, or one-fifth the size of McAfee's standard VirusScan desktop product, which should make it less of a headache for remote workers to download over a narrow bandwidth phone line, according to McGee.

"We basically went through the code and stripped away all the bells and whistles that some customers had told us they considered redundant or unnecessary," McGee said.

For example, VirusScan TC removes a feature that scans e-mails for viruses before they are opened. This feature was considered expendable, since most corporations already use antivirus software at the gateway or the groupware level to scan e-mails before they are sent to users, McGee said. VirusScan TC does still scan e-mails for viruses when they are moved about on the desktop and after they are opened, he added.

The software also does away with the end-user interface. Besides helping to reduce the size of the program, this also stops workers from reconfiguring or disabling their antivirus software, which can cause extra work for IT departments, McGee said.

The software will appeal most to companies using version 4.03 of McAfee's software, or a version released prior to that, he said. That's because older versions of McAfee's product require users to download the entire directory of virus definitions each time a new virus emerges, which can take what seems like a lifetime over a dial-up connection.

The latest release of VirusScan, version 4.5, which was launched in January, does allow users to update their virus definitions incrementally, so companies using that product may have less incentive to update their remote workers to VirusScan TC. By switching to the thin-client product, however, IS departments would still benefit from the fact that VirusScan TC omits the end-user interface, McGee noted.

VirusScan TC also includes a reporting capability that helps IS managers track information such as how many viruses have hit their network in the past year, and where a particular virus originated, McGee said.

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.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

James Niccolai

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?