Antivirus, For PC, Removal Tools

McAfee Stinger

McAfee Stinger is a standalone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. Video tutorial available.

McAfee Stinger is not a stand-alone anti-virus product to protect your system but more of a specialized tool to try to remove viruses from already infected systems. It’s a niche tool that any tech would want to have on their thumb drives, etc. We have had success with it. There is a FAQ is available here and recommended if you don’t use tools like this on a regular basis.

By default, McAfee Stinger scans for rootkits, running processes, loaded modules, registry and directory locations known to be used by malware on a machine to keep scan times to a minimum. Most users will need the 32-Bit or 64-Bit and not the ePO version. If you don’t know what ePO is, then you don’t need it.

Editor’s Note: Stinger will load McAfee Real Protect that monitors for malicious behavior. Right-click and select “remove Real Protect” on the tray icon to get rid of it.