Further testing showed that this message occurs on XP machines not Windows 7.
What is causing this message tot popup under XP?
I've tested on another XP build and now it's telling me that an update is available.
If i download the update and run stinger again it tells me again that an update is available...
I only used this XP build to verify that the issue is with XP but i guess thats too general.
I can't use this XP build so please don't suggest this as a solution.
I've also tested on XP in a Virtual Machine and this too shows this issue.
The XP build with the update issue disappears when i disconnect the network cable. The 'modified' issue is not seen on this XP build.
Getting weirder every second
Trying to replicate this but encountered some broken links.
Where are you downloading from?
Edit - One possible answer : Stinger is updated almost daily. If you have a very old version on your system then yes of course you will be told that a more recent version is available; and if you're trying to run an ancient version from a CD it might not be recognised as a valid program (I'm assuming that it will have had a security certificate, which is most likely expired).
Download the latest version (for XP) from
If you still have a problem note that the download page says
All questions, comments, and inquiries regarding this software will only be answered by emailing Stinger@avertlabs.com.
Yes i'm using the latest Stinger from exactly that location.
So some XP machines show this message although all machines use this executable.
The failing PC's have tight security
Can you explain exactly what this "tight security" is please?
Also do the XP machines have IE8 installed (you don't have to use it) ?
PC's have lots and lots of Security & Group policies set.
Can this be related?
None of the XP machines have IE8. All are using IE6.
Still some XP machines run the executable without issues.
We are running the Stinger in Silent mode.
It certainly could be part of the reason for those warnings, however support for Stinger is only available through that email address that Hayton posted above.
On the "How to use...." page for Stinger it specifies under the Q and A section minumum requirement is IE8.
For security reasons alone I would upgrade the existing IE. It matters even if you never use IE, many processes still do, including McAfee software.
This matters even more now that the end-of-life date for XP is fast approaching (08 April, 2014).
BTW the keep IE up-to-date advice would apply to any OS, again one does not have to have IE as the default browser for this still to be very important.
Back to that warning, I would assume it is simply just that, a warning, note that it says "may be infected". It's just protecting you.