on-demand Fake Alert and common virus remover
McAfee Stinger removes 6,000 common viruses and 'fake alert' malware on-demand. It is not a replacement for a full antivirus, but handy in many situations. McAfee Stinger is freeware for personal and business use and requires admin rights.
McAfee Stinger is unavailable as the current release installs a malware-like app on each PC a scan is run on. The 'McAfee Validation Trust Protection Service' (mfevtps.exe) is installed to your local PC without a prominent notice to the user. It can not be uninstalled and has no entry in Add/Remove Programs or Uninstall a Program. It starts as a service as Windows boots. The service can not be stopped using the Windows Services utility. The service and files can only be removed by starting Windows in safe mode or running the McAfee MCPR cleanup tool to remove all McAfee software.
Online Installer: This is an online installer that will download McAfee Stinger from the publisher during setup.
McAfee Stinger Portable works best with the PortableApps.com Platform
McAfee Stinger detects and removes prevalent Fake Alert malware and threats identified in the "List Viruses" section of the Stinger application. While not a replacement for full fledged antivirus software, Stinger is updated multiple times a week to include detection for newer Fake Alert variants and prevalent viruses. Note that suspicious and infected files will be quarantined to C:\Quarantine\Stinger and a database will be generated for the currently-scanned PC in that location.
ISSUE: In the current release, McAfee Stinger appears to be purposely crashing the Mcafee Stinger Portable launcher during a scan (causing some non-personal files and registry entries to be left). It can be cleaned up by running again after closing. It also crashes FileZilla and some other apps. We're looking into a fix.
For help getting this app up and running, please read the following:
- Publisher: McAfee and PortableApps.com
- Date updated: 2015-04-20
- System Requirements: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
- License: Freeware, (Launcher: GPL)
- Source Code: PortableApps.com Launcher
- MD5 Hash: b40511343ea87654ef2c6a1aa6e166d9
PortableApps.com is not affiliated with McAfee. McAfee and Stinger are trademarks of McAfee, Inc.