McAfee Stinger

McAfee Stinger 12.1.0.1113

Detect and clean a variety of specific virus types

Stinger is a minimalist antivirus application from McAfee designed to take care of specific threats that might be lurking on your computer. View full description

PROS

  • Free
  • Scans compressed files and self extracting executables

CONS

  • You can't update - you must reinstall

Good
-

Stinger is a minimalist antivirus application from McAfee designed to take care of specific threats that might be lurking on your computer.

Don't make the mistake of thinking that Stinger is a general antivirus. It's not - it's more of an extractor for a list of over 3,000 viruses specified by McAfee. The list is viewable from the program interface and, as with any other antivirus, you should try and keep Stinger as up to date as possible.

Stinger is very basic. Add the paths that you want to scan and hit the red Scan Now button. The program works quickly, summarizing results in the interface window. By default, Stinger will repair any viruses it finds, and you can export scan results under the File menu.

The Stinger configuration options are limited and quite advanced - you'll be able to specify what you want the program to do when it finds a virus, if you want to see a list of scanned files on the interface and an assortment of options relating to virus detection. Stinger is not a user-friendly program, but then again, it's not developed for your average user. If you are experienced, however, you'll find Stinger to be a helpful tool in your antivirus toolbox.

Stinger - low-key, focused virus detection.

Changes

  • Enhanced detections are those that have been modified for this release. Detections are enhanced to cover new variants, optimize performance, and correct incorrect identifications.

Stinger is a stand-alone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but rather a tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with an infected system. Stinger utilizes next generation scan engine technology, including process scanning, digitally signed DAT files, and scan performance optimizations.

This version of Stinger includes detection for all known variants, as of August 16, 2005:
BackDoor-AQJ
Bat/Mumu.worm
Exploit-DcomRpc
IPCScan
IRC/Flood.ap
IRC/Flood.bi
IRC/Flood.cd
NTServiceLoader
PWS-Sincom
W32/Bugbear@MM
W32/Deborm.worm.gen
W32/Elkern.cav
W32/Fizzer.gen@MM
W32/FunLove
W32/Klez
W32/Lirva
W32/Lovgate
W32/Lovsan.worm
W32/Mimail@MM
W32/MoFei.worm
W32/Mumu.b.worm
W32/Nimda
W32/Sdbot.worm.gen
W32/SirCam@MM
W32/Sobig
W32/SQLSlammer.worm
W32/Yaha@MM
W32/Nachi.worm
W32/Lovsan.worm.d

McAfee Stinger

Download

McAfee Stinger 12.1.0.1113

— User reviews — about McAfee Stinger

  • lgardinerwilliams

    by lgardinerwilliams

    "Confidence Builder"

    Definitely builds confidence when working with an unfamiliar machine before placing it on my network. More.

    reviewed on July 2, 2016

  • Phillw.

    by Phillw.

    "Handy Utility."

    I've been using stinger for years - It's always a good 1st port of call when I get some-one asking for help who doesn't ... More.

    reviewed on October 16, 2009