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What’s New in StandGuard Anti-Virus 7.2?

IBM i
Posted:
August 28, 2016

A scanning engine is central to anti-virus software because it examines different types of objects for signs of infection. It needs to be updated often to deploy new advances in technology and to provide the maximum amount of protection against threats.

Our latest release of StandGuard Anti-Virus, version 7.2, includes the newest McAfee 5700 Anti-Malware Engine giving you faster initialization and performance optimization for scanning, as well as improved threat detection.

The McAfee Anti-Malware Engine is the core component at the heart of the StandGuard Anti-Virus products. Using patented technology, the engine analyzes potentially malicious code to detect and block trojans, viruses, worms, adware, spyware, and other threats.

The new 5700 engine contains the functionality necessary to inspect 32-bit and 64-bit program executables, Microsoft Office files, Adobe PDF and Flash, Oracle Java, boot sectors, and other file formats that could conceal or be exploited by a piece of malicious code. Additionally, this scan engine has the ability to see through the encryption used in compressed, archived, packed, and protected files. With this updated engine, StandGuard Anti-Virus is able to dig deeper into a wider variety of files where viruses can hide. These include compressed files, such as the newer versions of ASPack, AutoIt, and MSI.

Understanding how to inspect different file structures is only part of the solution. It’s just as important to know what to look for. The specific characteristics that identify a particular virus, worm, or trojan are stored in the virus definition files, also known as DAT files. DAT files for the 5700 engine are released daily, with interim emergency releases for threats rated medium or higher by McAfee Labs. False alarms—mistakenly flagging a clean file as being infected—cost money and undermine confidence in a company’s anti-virus defenses. That’s why it is essential to minimize the risk of false alarms. Every day, McAfee 5700 engine DAT files undergo rigorous quality-assurance testing on a test server containing multiple terabytes of real-world applications, minimizing the risk of costly false alarms.

To enhance scanning performance, the McAfee 5700 scan engine uses whitelisting technology for known, clean Microsoft Windows operating system and popular software application files. This provides a significant performance benefit for both on-access and on-demand scanning when these files are accessed. And McAfee continues to update the whitelist with qualifying information in line with new releases of popular software files. For the StandGuard Anti-Virus user, this means you can expect general performance optimizations, including initialization and scanning, and improvement in extra.dat load times.

Each time a new operating system appears or a new type of file format becomes susceptible to infection, McAfee adds support for it—always keeping the scan engine up-to-date and ready to protect your data. These updated features are designed to provide users with state-of-the-art protection from viruses and malicious code on IBM i, AIX, and Linux.

If you are already using StandGuard Anti-Virus, you can upgrade to version 7.2 to access the new virus protection features. For maximum protection against modern threats, upgrade to StandGuard Anti-Virus version 7.2 today.

 

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