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Tiny, portable and simple-to-use application that provides users with a rapid and efficient method for eliminating viruses and malware
This is the portable edition of McAfee Stinger - an antivirus application that bundles several options for letting you personalize a scanning and virus removal procedure. It doesn't need too much user experience to figure out its features.
As installation is not a prerequisite, you can just extract the program files to any location on the hard disk and run the executable immediately.
It is also possible to move the Stinger to a USB flash disk or similar storage unit, in order to check any workstation for viruses and malware.
It's important to keep in mind that the Windows Registry area does not receive new entries, and leftover files are not kept on the HDD after removal.
The UI is clean and intuitive, with all features organized into multiple tabs. Therefore, McAfee Stinger offers three scanning modes - quick, full and custom. Thus, you have the possibility of verifying only critical areas of the system, look thoroughly into just about everything, or select specific files and folders that you suspect to be infected - these options are no different than the ones supplied by any other comprehensive antivirus utility.
The locations you want to scan may be either local, network or removable drives or folders, and you have to write their directory path. Unfortunately, Stinger does not provide fast access to directories using the typical file browser or folder view.
Additional scan settings are available, whether you want to choose the target types (processes, Registry, boot sectors, rookits, subdirectories, within archives), pick the action to take when infected files are detected (report, repair, rename, remove), set the scan sensitivity level, log all activity (to HTML), or quarantine objects to repair.
Stinger uses a moderate-to-high quantity of CPU and RAM, has a good response time, and its scan time pretty much depends on the size of your HDD and configuration you've made. We have not come across any problems throughout our evaluation, since the app did not freeze, crash or show error notifications.
All in all, McAfee Stinger brings forward a simple and effective method to remove viruses and malware from an infected computer, and it doesn't affect Windows stability, mostly thanks to its portability.
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