We are utilizing VS 8.0i and need to setup a PC so that when someone plugs a USB flash drive into it it will automatically scan the drive for any viruses. Is there any way to do it with the older current version we use? Or would we need to upgrade to a newer version to achieve this task?
I too have filled out the request, this is a serious over-look on McAfee's part, given the amount of proliferation recently of malware and viruses via USB sticks. At least our Safend software protects us to a certain extent.
you wouldn't expect an external USB drive to be immediately and completely scanned, due to the way Windows operates, it will be scanned whenever you access the drive, the main issue is the AUTORUN feature which can be tampered with a launch all sorts of crap on immediate connection.
USB drives are more vulnerable, but they also in most cases, carry small amounts of data, which can usually be checked very quickly, they are also more portable, which means the user can move that stick to dozens of systems, and increase it's chances of infection (especially offshore and on other external company systems), but your not going lug-around a desktop USB drive system, so less chance of getting infected.
Hence when they have been offshore/overseas for 3 months, i like to know that our entire LAN has AUTORUN disabled via GPO, and that McAfee will make some sort of effort to check these sticks, when they are plugged into our systems, which it doesn't until the user goes looking for files/folders - we secure privacy keys incase of loss/theft.