McAfee Stinger is a tool to be used in addition with your anti-virus software, as it identifies and removes specific viruses from your computer.
How it works
- Using the latest scanning technology, Stinger detects viruses on your computer by working through a list of known viruses
- When the scan is complete, the number of viruses found will be shown and then repaired/deleted from your computer
Instructions for use
- Download the Stinger tool from the McAfee website: http://www.mcafee.com/uk/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx
- When opened, click Scan Now to scan your C:/ drive. You can add and remove drives by clicking on the appropriate buttons shown.
- If running for the first time, Stinger will be set to automatically repair the virus. If you click on the Preferences button you can change the settings to your liking i.e. rename, report only, repair or delete.
If you find that the Stinger tool couldn't repair a virus, it means that the Windows System Restore function has locked it. To fix, disable this function before scanning. Note: Disabling System Restore will remove previous restore points, so do with caution and the intention to enable the feature afterwards.
Other tools available
- "Fake Alert" Stinger: Is used for specific variants such as: Antivirus Soft, AVP Security, Fakespypro, Kryptik, Winwebsec, and XP Spy. "Fake Alerts" is a form of Scareware - where you get pop-ups on your screen trying to tell you to run their anti-virus program.
When you suspect you have a virus, malware or worse, don't panic. Follow the advice on the Knowhow™ website and if you're still having trouble you can get help from our experts at Knowhow™. Click on the link below for details: