It will still detect known infections (indexed up to whenever the last DAT was done) but wont detect unknowns heuristically, so feasibly it could be dangerous, but you wont be totally exposed as VirusScan will still be active.
When a file is scanned, Virus Scan compares it to known threats. VirusScan also uses heuristic techniques to detect unusual behavior. When a file cannot be matched to a known threat, but exhibits unusual and possibly threatening behavior, Virus Scan utilizes Artemis technology to evaluate the threat of the unknown file. If the file is deemed unsafe, Virus Scan will quarantine the file to protect your computer.Moreover turning off active protection is not suggestible.
If you feel that Virus Scan has incorrectly quarantined a file you know to be safe, you can recover that file using the steps below :
1. Double-click the M icon in your taskbar.
2. If it appears in the bottom left, click Advanced Menu. Otherwise, continue to step 3.
3. Select Restore.
4. On the Restore menu, select Files to display a list of all quarantined files
5. Check the box beside the file you want to alter.
6. You may now select Restore to restore the file in question, Remove to permanantly delete the file, or Send to McAfee to send the file to McAfee Labs for further investigation.
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