I just did a Full Scan, and I see I have a problem with this recent McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011 update on June 5th, 2011.
I printed the report and see that the number of files scanned is very much smaller than my Scans before the 2011 update on 6/5/11
Previous scans "total item scanned" = 217416
The Full Scan today "Total Items Scanned" was 50363
Something is very wrong here.
I suspect the reference to Boot Dat Version 6355.0000 created 5/23/2011 in my previous post above, must be connected somehow to a system restore we did around that time to find a problem. Didn't find the problem so used the system restore to come back to the current date on that day.
I fogot about McAfee needing to be shut down when doing system restore...but I don't know how to shut down McAfee anyway.
I need some advice here...as obviously McAfee is not scanning all my files as it previously did before 5/23/11.
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It is best to disable antivirus when restoring but it isn't written in stone, as long as you right-click the taskbar icon and select Check for Updates immediately afterwards.
The software changes over time and in the way it scans so I wouldn't worry too much about an apparent discrepancy in number of files scanned.
You can check what is being scanned by opening SecurityCenter (right-click taskbar icon or double-click it)
Click Virus and Spyware Protection
Click Excluded Files and Folders to see if any are being excluded.
Your DAT numbers are almost the same as mine...except I'm at 6369 now. (Click image to enlarge)
I have no idea what Boot Dat means - I could ask someone but it would be while before I get an answer, I'll let you know what they say about that and the number of files issue.
Thanks Peter. I would appreciate it if you could find time to ask about "boot dat version" because it may just be coincidental that the date May 23 on it is very close to when we did the system restore. (I don't think we updated the dat until the evening that day <aargh> )
I looked to see if anything was being excluded as you suggested, and there was nothing there, so I hope that's correct.
Your screen shot is for Total Protection, (I have AntiVirus Plus 2011) but the information inside the screen shot matches mine (How did you do that?)
Will try to stop worrying about this, and hope you get an answer from McAfee techs about why the term boot dat version with a May date is being added to each day's dats.
Again, thanks for your support!
How did I do that? - Vista/Windows 7's Snipping Tool is invaluable for that sort of thing and I am sure there is similar software out there for other OS's.
I've emailed one of McAfee's managers I know and am hoping for response soon.
I am having a similar problem. I have 3 computers with the 3 liscense internet security package. On one of the 3 computers in auto updated to the new version 15. The other 2 have not updated to the new version and are on 14.5. I have tried manually checking for updates but for some reason I only get a DAT update or it says my programs are up to date when they are obviously not as they still are at 14.5
Any ideas short of reinstalling it would be appreciated.
What problem? The new software is still not fully released to all servers so some machines get it and others don't....it'll happen.
Thanks-I was not aware of how this worked.
It is kind of weird how it works, but you'll all be upgraded eventually. Only 1 of my 3 OS's has upgraded so far.
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Got an answer about the Boot Dat question posed earlier....
Boot DATs are what they sound like: DATs that get used during the system boot.
These are smaller, highly focused DATs that are loaded exclusively for the purpose of improving boot times (a major complaint we’ve heard from various sources). Once the system is up and running, the Boot DATs are released and the full DATs get utilized.
Sorry I didn't get an answer yet regarding the different number of files that are scanned in a full scan between the new and old software.