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Level 7

How often is McAfee supposed to update?

I updated to Version 10.5 about three weeks ago. Since then McAfee has updated itself at least once a day and usually requires a restart. I've run MVT but the only problem found was the Dat file was out of date--I had 6339 and 6340 had just been issued. After updating the Dat, it shows Last Update: 5:57 P.M., Next Update: 10:35 P.M.

I understand that there are new viruses out all the time, but is it necessary for McAfee to look for new updates twice a day? And is it necessary to reboot everytime an update is installed?

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Level 20

Re: How often is McAfee supposed to update?

It looks every 4 hrs. Some other AVs tout they look every 10 mins as a selling point.

Rarely will you need a reboot that is only if there is a build change. If it asks for 1 check the builds before and after. Sometimes an install can get corrupted and it asks for a reboot often. then maybe a reinstall is a better thought.

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Level 16

Re: How often is McAfee supposed to update?

Hi jpitzel,

There are three basic types of updates: DAT updates, minor application updates, and new version releases.

  • DAT updates are the most common update, and are usually updated at least once a day.
  • Minor application updates resolve issues and/or compatibility problems.
  • New versions are the least frequent, and include enhancements and/or changes to the applications

Moreover, SecurityCenter checks for updates shortly after a system restart, and checks again approximately every four hours. In the event of an outbreak emergency DAT files could be made available providing the latest virus DATs as shortly after they are posted to minimize the risk of infection.

Hope the abiove answers your question


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