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McAfee Avert Stinger 12.1.0.2927

Seek out and destroy the most common malware with a click

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 19 October 2018
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Developer: McAfee Labs
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McAfee Avert Stinger
Seek out and destroy the most common malware with a click

McAfee Avert Stinger is a stand-alone portable antivirus tool which can detect and remove some malware.

At its simplest, all you have to do is download the program, launch it, click Scan Now and wait to see what happens. Stinger's straightforward on-demand scanning shouldn't conflict with any other security software, so you can run it alongside your existing antivirus package without any problems. And if the program detects any threats then it'll remove them for you.

Stinger does have a few interesting settings hidden behind the Preferences button. You might want to check the "Boot sectors" box to ensure the program checks for boot sector viruses, for instance. And if you're sure your system is infected, but Stinger can't find anything, then you might try increasing the heuristic sensitivity level. This makes it more likely that the program will spot suspect files, but also increases the chance that it'll highlight entirely innocent programs, so you should also change the "On virus detection" option from "Repair" to "Report only", at least initially.

Please note, Stinger only detects the most common malware specimens (click the List Viruses button to see them all), and offers no real-time protection measures at all, so it's no substitute for a full antivirus package. The program can be useful, though, if you've been infected by a virus which your regular package has missed: Stinger just might be able to find and remove it for you.

See the Stinger Release Notes for release information.

Verdict:

Stinger is limited in the malware it can detect, but as it's also portable, free and unusually configurable, the program still earns a thumbs up from us.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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