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McAfee 6.0 using sdat____ updates

by jetman007 / January 1, 2010 4:20 AM PST

A couple of months ago I updated my McAfee virus program with the sdat5816.exe update and now every time I start my computer it brings up a message which says that the files have been tampered with and to use the emergency disk to find the virus and then reinstall McAfee. Well, not particularly believing that something had tampered with the files I just removed the McAfee program from the computer and registry and reinstalled it. when I updated the program with an old sdat file it worked fine then when I updated the program with the newer sdat file this same problem occured again. I then scrubbed my entire hard drive and did a fresh install of the entire winxp and experienced the same results the old sdat files worked fine and the newer sdat files bring up this message saying that something has tampered with the McAfee files.
It appears that McAfee is discouraging anyone with an older program to drop the use and subscribe to the online system they now promote. Any feedback?

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That is not supported anymore, right?
by Donna Buenaventura / January 1, 2010 2:42 PM PST
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McAfee 6 not supported
by jetman007 / January 1, 2010 4:39 PM PST

I have been able to download adat updates even now. They programed the updates to give you a message that makes you think that there is something wrong or they create the problem and attempt to make you think something else has caused the problem.

click on the "I agree" button at this link and you will see the adat update files to download


let me know what you think

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Yep, The DAT File Will Stop Working For Older Versions..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 3, 2010 4:21 AM PST
In reply to: McAfee 6 not supported

Originally, the superdat update file was scheduled to lose the "scan.dat", "clean.dat", and "names.dat" on December 31, 2009, which have been used on the older VirusScan versions. The Superdat file is an executable which contains update files for older AND newer versions of VirusScan. (The new VirusScan versions use files with different names to update, such as avvscan.dat, etc.) As such, the Superdat has gotten extremely large, in excess of 110 MB. The need to reduce the size was needed. At this point, it looks like the superdat will still continue to contain those older files for 2 or 3 months more.. But at that time, the superDAT file will no longer support the older versions of VirusScan such as VS 7 and earlier.

Yes, McAfee has always urged users to stay current with the newest versions of the virus definitions, scan engines, and their programs.. It's a little tough to tell exactly what occurred here since you didn't give us the EXACT error message, but I certainly recommend finding a current version of McAfee.

Hope this helps.


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