Remove Stubborn Malware Infection With McAfee Labs Stinger
By Stephen Bucaro
Is your PC infected with a malware that your regular anti-virus program can't get rid of?
Give McAfee Labs free Stinger utility a try. Stinger is not a program that you can use as
a substitute for full anti-virus protection. Instead, its a tool to assist users and administrators
in dealing with an infected system. Its power lies in its ability to detect and remove
specific viruses. It uses next-generation scan technology to expose malware in places
that a regular anti-virus program can't find them.
Download the latest version of Stinger
When prompted, save the file to a convenient location such as a Desktop folder.
There's a good chance that Windows System Protection has made a back up copy of the
malware ans saved it in one or more Restore Points. So you should turn off System Protection.
1. In Control Panel select the System and Security group.
2. In the System and Security group, select System.
3. In the left panel of the System page, select System Protection. If the
User Account Control message box appears, click on the [Yes] button.
4. In the System Properties dialog box that appears, on the System Protection tab,
click on the [Configure...] button.
5 In the System Protection dialog box that appears, set the radio button next to
Turn off system protection.
Note: Disabling System Protection will delete all existing restore points. After using
Stinger to remove the malware, re-enable System Protection by following the steps
above, but unsetting the radio button next to Turn off system protection.
Note: These steps are for Windows 7, different versions require slightly different steps.
After turning off System Protection, navigate to the folder that contains the downloaded
Stinger file, and run it.
The Stinger interface will be displayed. By default, the C: drive will be set to be scanned.
If necessary, click the [Add] or [Browse] button to add additional drives and directories to scan.
Then click the [Scan Now] button to begin scanning. By default, Stinger will repair
all infected files found.
Today's malware is extremely aggressive and your regular anti-virus program may
encounter a malware it can't get rid of. McAfee Labs free Stinger utility is another tool
in your arsenal to detect and remove specific viruses.
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