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Product: VirusScan 5.02
Company: McAfee
Estimated Street Price: $39.95
Review By: Julien JAY

Viruses Tests

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Installation & VirusScan
3: Virus protection & misc features
4: FirstAid 2000 & PGP 2000
5: Conclusion

We also tested VirusScan with two dangerous viruses: JunkieBoot A & Michelangelo. VirusScan 5 perfectly detected them and displayed a warning message with an awful animated bug and prompted us to eradicate this virus from our system and repair the infected files. VirusScan perfectly cleans the system by sweeping away these two dangerous viruses and all their codes that they may exist in COM and EXE files. VirusScan also cleans the computer memory. VirusScan 5 provides groundbreaking virus protection for undiscovered viruses by including the ViruLogic technology. However we regret the lack of information that VirusScan displays when a virus is found. Worst the virus list doesn't come anymore with the software: you can only consult the list via Internet, too bad.

Virus alert message for BackDoor trojan


McAfee VirusScan 5 now comes, like Norton Antivirus, with a Quarantine feature. The quarantine is a safe and secure folder where you can store and isolate infected files somewhere on your hard disk without the risk of contaminating the rest of the computer. It's really great as you can manage suspicious files, take your time to clean them and even submit those suspicious files to the McAfee AVERT research virus lab for testing and personalized diagnostics. Also if you send a new unknown virus to the AVERT lab, you'll be sure to get a quick cure. Quarantine is an appreciable feature that augments the service that McAfee gives to users.


Finally as virus infection can be a real disaster the new backup feature named 'Safe and Sound' of VirusScan will save your most recent file version in a safe place of your hard drive. As a wizard drives the feature it's really easy to use and reliable. If unfortunately you get infected you'll be able to easily recover the files you backed-up even if the original becomes corrupted due to a virus. You can set the file types you want to backup by simply selecting the software that creates them from a comprehensive list. The backup can be done automatically every X minutes and, "top of the top" the backup folder can be viewed as a separate hard drive in Windows!


If you're infected before installing VirusScan, you can use the emergency floppy provided with the software to clean your system in DOS mode. You can also create emergency floppies with up to date virus definitions from the Central.

FirstAid 2000 & PGP 2000-->


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