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McAfee's 'Universal' VirusScan 8.5 beta

updated 09:40 am EDT, Wed July 26, 2006

McAfee VirusScan 8.5 beta

McAfee has released a preview update to its virus protection program VirusScan, previously known as Virex. The VirusScan 8.5 beta features native support for Intel-based Macs as a Universal Binary, the first in the Virex product line. VirusScan 8.5 also offers "True On Access Scanning," which scans every file being accessed from or written to the machine and blocks infections when needed. This module replaces the Active Scanner, Background Scanner, and Mounted Volume Scanner used in earlier versions of Virex and does not scan inside Stuffit archives. Version 8.5 also features the new 5100 McAfee Anti-Virus engine and support for scanning Apple Mail's email messages for infections. Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or later is required.

The company has also provided uninstallers for Virex 7.7, Mactel v8.0, and the current VirusScan for Mac v8.5 beta as well as notes that the VirusScan for Mac installation stops if you have previously installed Norton, VirusBarrier or Sophos Anti-Virus software on your Mac OS X machine.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Chris Grande

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Better ePO?

    Hope it has better ePO support!

  1. dawho9

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ePO Support

    Its not much better yet - but is suppose to be before RC. The ePO Agent still runs in Rosetta - so more work needs to be done.


  1. chas_m



    Please insert ...

    ... comment about how utterly pointless this software is here.

    Not only aren't there any viruses or spyware in the current OS (six years running), but there aren't likely to be any in the future. I'm not talking about minor security issues, I'm talking about destructive viruses. Not really gonna happen.

    I appreciate the effort McAfee puts into creating a product for the paranoid, but I think I'll just stick to the common sense (and lower-cost and/or free) security measures like strong passwords, hardware firewalls and Little Snitch, thanks ...

  1. RickVanderveer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    VirusScan verses ClamXAV

    chas_m: While I largely agree with what you're saying, I feel compelled to say what my investment firm always warns: "past trends does not guarantee future performance." In other words, while I too think it's very likely, never say never.

    Also, VirusScan is more geared towards corporations who likely have internal policies of running anti-virus software on all computers to help protect data integrity.

    And, while free solutions like ClamX-AV are nice for paranoid home users, it's not really useful for corporations, due to ClamX's limitations (i.e. you cannot "clean" that critical virus-infected document, or what happens when a virus is found in your email's inbox? The entire inbox is quarantined! Scary scenario for non-techie folks!).


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