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Thu, Aug 27, 2020 9:30 pm

Turning off McAfee AntiVirus Plus realtime protection temporarily

To temporarily turn off the realtime antivirus protection in McAfee AntiVirus Plus, e.g., so you could move a file to another system for analysis that it might deem malware or to scan the system with other antivirus software, you can take the following steps:
  1. Open the program and click on the gear (cog) icon at the upper, right-hand corner of the window.
  2. Under the PC Security section of the Settings, you will see "Real-Time Scanning." When you click on "Real-Time Scanning" you will have the option of turning off the real-time monitoring for 15 minute intervals from 15 to 60 minutes or you can select "When I restart my PC" or "Never."

If you select a timed option, the protection will automatically turn back on after that period of time. You can also turn on protection again prior to that time by modifying the "Real-Time Scanning" setting again.

If you wish to view or restore items McAfee AntiVirus Plus has quarantined, you can click on "Quarantined items" under Settings, which will show you all files in the quarantine area, if any.

Note: these steps were tested on McAfee® AntiVirus Plus version 16.0

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Wed, Nov 26, 2014 6:58 pm

Turning McAfee Total Protection Real-time protection off

Sometimes you may wish to temporarily disable the antivirus software on a system in order to scan the system with other antivirus/antispyware software. If you are using McAfee Total Protection as the antivirus software on a system, instructions for turning off its real-time scanning feature are listed here.

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Sun, Mar 20, 2005 1:50 pm

Vulnerability Discovered in McAfee AntiVirus

Researchers at Internet Security Systems (ISS) have discovered a flaw in Mcafee's antivirus software that could allow compromise of a system running that software. The flaw affects software using versions of McAfee's antivirus library prior to 4400. Exploitation of the flaw could be achieved by sending a specially crafted LHA file by email or through the download of such a file from a website, or the opening of such a file from a shared folder on a network. The malformed LHA file can cause a stack overflow, potentially providing access to the affected system.

McAfee products affected include the following:

References:
  1. Anti-virus vulnerabilities strike again
    By John Leyden, The Register
    March 18, 2005
  2. McAfee AntiVirus Library Stack Overflow
    Internet Security Systems Protection Advisory
    March 17, 2005

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