VirusScan 8.0i Goes Proactive

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2004-10-25 Print this article Print

In VirusScan Enterprise 8.0i, McAfee has beefed up its enterprise-grade, host-based anti-virus solution.

In VirusScan Enterprise 8.0i, McAfee has beefed up its enterprise-grade, host-based anti-virus solution to proactively deal with worms and malware that may not yet be addressed with virus signatures.

Instead of bundling its anti-virus client with a desktop firewall, as Ive seen with Symantec Client Security 2.0, McAfee instead has integrated limited firewalling features into the anti-virus program itself.

I configured VirusScan to prevent mass-mailing worms by blocking outbound requests on Port 25. VirusScan offers a few built-in rules to address common worm vectors, or administrators can tailor their own rules as necessary.

I wasnt so wild about VirusScans File, Share and Folder protection feature. Although I appreciated the ability to control Internet Explorers or Outlook Express ability to launch applications, the share protection seems unnecessary and confusing because it can override permissions native to NT File System.

Version 8.0i offers buffer overflow protection in addition to defenses against spyware, dialers and keystroke loggers.

VirusScan Enterprise 8.0i, available now, is sold as part of McAfee Active VirusScan Suite, which also includes McAfee NetShield and McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator. The suite sells for $38.12 per desktop for as many as 100 users, or $29.54 per desktop for 1,000 users.

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Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at

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