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Dat files Auto Download

Dear friends,

as we all know McAfee McAfee Labs  release every day dat files.

i usually download those dat file manually from McAfee Website.

is there any way to auto download those dat and sdat files automatically from the website ?

Here a Sample of the mail i recieve for dat files:

SUBJECT: McAfee Labs Dat Release Notification: 5900 Dat Files Released‏


The 5900 daily dat files have been released and are available for download.

The various 5900 daily dat file packages can be found at

Keep up-to-date on your McAfee products! Subscribe to McAfee's
Support Notification Service (SNS) to get timely technical info.
Go to:

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Re: Dat files Auto Download

you can use ePO to download the dat files but you will need to download the sdat files manually.

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Re: Dat files Auto Download

I conclude from your answer it is impossible to auto-download sdat files

Right ?

Re: Dat files Auto Download

script the download, then it will be automated.

Message was edited by: ZeusMaster on 2010/02/23 7:32:53 AM
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Re: Dat files Auto Download

what resources i may use,

i'll be glad to provide me with some assistant and tutorials.

Thank you.

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I would suggest you begin by looking at third party applications such as GNU Wget.

Please note that McAfee will not support the use of third-party scripting applications or download managers.

Customer use such solutions at their own risk.

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Re: Dat files Auto Download

is there any other software ?

looking forward for your advices.

Thank you.

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Since I am a McAfee employee I should not really be make recommendations on 3rd party software.

I would suggest a quick google to see what is out there

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Re: Dat files Auto Download

ksamir wrote:

is there any other software ?

looking forward for your advices.

Thank you.

Following up from your previous post:


Please note that this forum is not intended to educate in scripting. There are many other places that can help with this.

@echo off

::  Basic Batch file for downloading the latest sdat
::  This script requires Windows 2000 or above.
::  Also, cURL.exe in 32 bit or 64 bit, depending on your system
::  see for more information.
::  see
::    for command line parameter use.
::  see for
::    a security advisory.
::  This script is not intended to be complete or without flaws.
::  Use at Your Own Risk. No error recovery or checking is placed
::  within this script and any problems are your responsibility.
::  This script is intended to be a starting point for those who
::  would like to expand on the idea of automating the download
::  of files where only a manual process already exists.
::  If McAfee does not wish this code to be disclosed,
::  Please remove.
::  Please note, this in Not intended to be run more than once
::  per day, as these files are large, and this costs McAfee
::  substantially for misuse. Also, the SDAT files are not
::  intended for every day use, as McAfee supports ePO to handle
::  daily administration tasks.
::  Additionally, your rights to download files from McAfee's
::  sites are your responsibility and in no way do I condone or
::  suggest or even hint that these downloads are legal.
::  Please seek legal counsel.

::  Basic Strategy:
::  1. download gdeltaavv.ini
::  2. parse gdeltaavv.ini for current sdat version
::  3. download current sdat file.

:1 Download gdeltaavv.ini
    echo  cURL.exe -K cURL.cfg -o gdeltaavv.ini
    cURL.exe -K cURL.cfg -o gdeltaavv.ini

:2 Parse gdeltaavv.ini
    for /F "usebackq skip=2 delims== tokens=1,2*" %%m in (`Find /I "CurrentVersion" gdeltaavv.ini`) do set Curr=%%n
    echo  CurrentVersion=%Curr%

:3 Download current sdat executable
    echo  cURL.exe -K cURL.cfg -C - -o sdat%Curr%.exe
    cURL.exe -K cURL.cfg -C - -o sdat%Curr%.exe

goto Exit

::  cURL statements above reference cURL.cfg.
::  Create a file called cURL.cfg using the the text below,
::  or add the single dash parameters to the cURL commands above.



# -L/--location
#      (HTTP/HTTPS) If the server reports that  the  requested
#      page  has  a  different  location  (indicated  with the
#      header line Location:) this flag will let curl  attempt
#      to reattempt the get on the new place. If used together
#      with -i or -I, headers from all requested pages will be
#      shown.  If  this  flag is used when making a HTTP POST,
#      curl will automatically switch to GET after the initial
#      POST has been done.
#        ex. (First URL is reporting to second URL)

# --remote-time recover Date and Timestamp from remote site if available
# --remote-time writes the time to the file specified in -o parm

# --retry <num>   Retry request <num> times if transient problems occur
# --retry-delay <seconds> When retrying, wait this many seconds between each
# --retry-max-time <seconds> Retry only within this period
--retry 3
--retry-delay 3

Hopefully this is enough to get you going.

Ron Metzger

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Re: Dat files Auto Download

may you provide me the steps how to auto download the DAT files via ePO 4.5

Thank you.

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