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SuperDAT now available for consumer products!

SuperDAT now available for consumer products!

Affected Products:
All McAfee Consumer Products

Affected Operating Systems:
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7

What is a SuperDAT?
A SuperDAT is a self-extracting archive (.exe) that contains the most current DAT and Engine files for McAfee Anti-Virus products.

What does a SuperDAT do?
Running a SuperDAT on your computer will quickly update the DAT files and Scanning Engine.

What are DAT files?
The DAT files files contain up-to-date virus and malware signatures and other information that McAfee products use to protect your computer against malware and other threats. McAfee releases new DAT files regularly to provide protection against new threats.

What is a Scan Engine?
The McAfee Scan Engine contains the program logic necessary to

  • Scan files at particular points in time
  • Process and pattern-match virus definitions with data in your files
  • Decrypt and run potentially unwanted code in an emulated environment
  • Apply heuristic techniques to recognize new threats
  • Remove infectious code from legitimate files

Why would I use a SuperDAT package?
A SuperDAT package has several uses. A few examples are:

  • Dial-Up users: A SuperDAT is a single executable file that updates your DATS and Scanning Engine. It does not contain any other product updates, so it usually downloads faster than a full update. After you have downloaded a SuperDAT, your computer does not need to be connected to the Internet to perform the update.
  • Troubleshooting: If you are concerned that you might have a virus and your DAT files are out of date, or the threat is blocking your updates, you can download the SuperDAT on another computer and the use a a CD or USB drive to copy it to your computer.
  • Keeping all your computers at the same update level: If you have multiple computers on a home network, you can use a single SuperDAT on all of them to ensure that they have the same DAT and Engine version. This can also help you keep track of any computers that have update issues.

How do I use a SuperDAT?

  1. Open a web brower and go to:
  2. If prompted, click I Agree.
  3. Click the SuperDATs tab.
  4. Click the SuperDAT link. The file name will be sdatXXXX.exe (where XXXX is the number for that day's DAT file).
  5. Save the SuperDAT executable to your desktop.
  6. Double-click the sdatXXXX.exe file you downloaded.

    NOTE: On Windows Vista/7 computers, right-click the sdatXXXX.exe file and select Run as Administrator.
  7. When the update completes, restart your computer.
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SuperDAT ends with error message “The SuperDAT utility could not verify the authenticity of a .ZIP file.” on my VM. What should I do now?



The Consumer PC product up to and including SecurityCenter version 11.x/VirusScan 15.x can be updated from this site.   LATER VERSIONS CAN NOT as they have a different kind of engine.   McAfee is working on a method for manually updating those.


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Version history
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Last update:
‎02-15-2011 11:06 AM
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