hi everyone. i would really love to know if i can update my mcafee total protection 2009 for home and home office offline using super dat or any dat file types. i dont have broadband at home, i use gprs connection with my motorola phone but this chews up my air time terribly. i however have access to fast internet at work. so i want to download the updates from there and then install them at home, offline. please assist.
The first update will be large and slow. Future updates for DATs within 30 days of your current DATs will only download compressed micro-patch DAT files. These files are usually 50-300KB (much smaller than the 100,000KB+ superdat).
If you are a technical user, you could manually update from a SuperDAT or XDAT (if you already have the latest Engine 5300/5301). This would involve extracting the DAT files (/e <dir>) and placing them wherever your DATs should be. You may also need to make changes to the registry (HKLM\Software\McAfee\AVEngine). Of course while you do this, the on access scanner must be stopped.
If all this sounds too technical or too much work, you may want to do the install and update overnight!
We were assured by McAfee Tech. Support that the consumer products cannot be updated this way. The "Total Protection For Small Business" product isn't supported in these forums anyway as per THIS sticky.
I've already provided as much information as I can. As Ex_Brit has been saying, there seems to be a support policy where *business users are given access to McAfee's support directly. This is where you need to go. Feel free to ask them about the manual update.
I too want to download an update for McAfee Secuirty center ver 9 for 3 PC home use only once.
My service provider charges me for downloads and each one takes around 50Meg, I dont buy that incremental update nonsense, it has never been a small file and there are updates practically every second day.
3 x 50Meg x 12 or 15 days per month = 1.8 to 2.3Gig per month which is SUCH A WASTE of Bandwidth.
Common McAfee, make those DAT files for 3 PC Secuirty Center for home available as a manual download, its the right thing to do!
Again, there are ways to manually update the DAT (and engine if needed) files, but this usually takes much more advanced manual installation steps by the system administrator (you). There is nothing to stop you from downloading or even copying the DAT from one updated computer and placing them on another computer. Unfortunately, because of the security built into the product, most users will find it difficult/impossible to put those new DATs/Engine on a computer running McAfee VirusScan already.
Incremental DATs are here to stay and work. Pretty much every antivirus software now uses that kind of technology as the DAT sizes have increased. The output DAT files are identical to the ones downloaded as a full set.
If the current compressed DATS are about 52MB, each of the internet connected machines would need to download the compressed incremental changes that usually range from 50-200k (perhaps the size of data downloaded from a web page with a few graphics). A fresh install or extremely outdated (30 days +) product will download the full 50MB+ DAT but otherwise, mini DAT updates are used. Below are the sizes for the last 8 micro updates for the current DAT (5691, July 28, 2009)