the dat wont update. I downloaded 6224xdat when i run it it says "error unable to find qualifying mcafee products" even though i reinstalled mcafee AGAIN. in the virus scan plus dll folder there is the above jibberish--which i could only past in the subject..so take a look
Yes, that's the kind of gibberish you find if you try to read a .dat file as if it were ANSI text. There is a tool that might unpack the file and tell you what's inside it, but I wouldn't bother just yet.
There appears to be a problem with your McAfee installation. If you have MVT, run it and let it check the different components. Depending on what it says you may have to uninstall McAfee and reinstall everything. If you don't have MVT, you can download it from here.
There is also McAfee Security Scan Plus, which simply checks the status of the main elements of your McAfee programs and lets you know if any of them have stopped working or are out of date; you can download it from here (an indirect link through a cached page, courtesy of Google; the main link is broken).
Try running MVT and see what it says.
Er is this the home product if so you cannot use the sdat enterprise updating method with it. You get "no qualifying product" message.