Wednesday, 7 December 2011

How to Remove McAfee from a Registry

The article describes the procedure of removing McAfee program entries from the Windows Registry Editor. It is a database that stores settings, configuration, components etc. in the form of registry keys on which all the applications whether software or hardware along with the Windows operating system in a computer operator. If you face any problem while performing below mentioned steps you can contact McAfee Support at their toll free No. 1-877-452-9201.

Steps to Remove McAfee from Registry 

Backup your registry or create a restore point before performing the modifications. It will help you restore or re-access the critical registry in the event of a wrongdoing. Use Windows’ built-in Backup & Restore utility or offline or online backup features as desired. 

When done backing up, click on the Start button and navigate to Run. Type ‘regedit’ (without quotes) in the blank box and hit Enter on the keyboard. If it is Windows 7 or Vista, click on the Start menu, type ‘regedit’ in the Start Search box and then hit Enter. If prompted for admin password, type it in and click on Continue or OK whatever you see as an option. It will bring up the Windows Registry Editor. 

Here we have assumed that you have already uninstalled the McAfee program and need help only with the registry entries. If you haven’t already done so, click on the Start menu and navigate to Control Panel and then Add or Remove Programs. Locate McAfee Security Center from the listed programs and select it and check all its components. Click on the Change\Remove button and proceed with the instructions. When the program is removed, reboot your computer.  

Now download and install McAfee’s MCPR tool from its official website. Save the downloaded file to your desktop, open it and then run the setup. When completed, open the tool and run the cleaning procedure. Wait until it completes. Reboot computer when prompted. Open the MCPR tool and check what all items have remained undeleted under the View Log option. Make a note of all these files and then open Registry Editor (see above) 

In the Registry Editor window, click on the + sign next to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE branch. Navigate to Software, locate and McAfee folders, and delete them. Locate the entries that you viewed under View Log and delete them too. You can simplify your search by bringing up the Find utility.  Press the Ctrl + F keys together on the keyboard and you will see the Find box. Type ‘mcafee (without quotes) or the desired name of the file) in the blank box and then hit the Find Next button or the Enter key. You will see the list of McAfee files in the right hand pane. Delete all of them and continue to next step. 

Now expand the HKEY_CURRENT_USER branch by clicking on the + sign next to it. Navigate to Software and repeat the abovementioned steps to locate and remove McAfee & folders and entries. When done, exit the Registry Editor window and reboot your computer. You must also remove the .dll files associated with the McAfee program to ensure full removal.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

What Are the Possible Advantages of McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection?

The article describes the advantages offered by McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection service. Available in three editions namely Email Protection Suite, Advanced Suite, and Protection Suite, McAfee SaaS Endpoint service offers a comprehensive, standalone solution for technical security needs of enterprises and businesses.

We are protected. Are we really? There has not been even a single day gone by when the news of security threats, data theft\loss aren’t heard of. It’s a routine for businesses to block and yet go through the same streams of spam, malware, viruses, Trojans, unwanted pop-ups, and acts of stealing and compromising information among others.

McAfee, the major provider of security technology solutions, has brought in cloud-based McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection service for business, enterprises so as to help them deal with their day-to-day IT security challenges. There are many security suites available online and in the market, but McAfee indeed tops the chart with its innovative, cutting-edge technology solutions. It lets you better use your IT


Standalone Solution

The cloud-based service offers an integrated, standalone solution for all types of desktops, email servers, and file servers. Leave your security worries behind, get protection for all your stuff irrespective of your business size. The solution has been customized to cater to the needs of all the business sizes.

Comprehensive Security

Get all-in-one protection from all types of viruses, spyware, Trojans, spam, web threats, and phishing among others and protect your ventures. The SaaS Protection comes integrated with both anti-virus, anti-spyware engines that ensure double protection from these beast programs. The McAfee SiteAdvisor® technology alerts users about whether the to-be-visited website is safe or not. It shows a ranking for the visiting websites so that the users can decide whether to open a particular site or not. This ensures that you stay protected online.

The enhanced email encryption and protection services help encrypt critical data and thus let you abide by the policy rules and ultimately enhance business integrity. Email archiving services help make email search easy and affordable. The Vulnerability Management allows for vulnerability scanning and timely action reporting. Thus, it reduces the risks of piercing a hole into security and compliance of a business.

The built-in firewall keeps unauthorized users and intruding hackers away from your business. It lets them mind their own business and not yours.

Minimize the Security Cost

The cloud-based McAfee service helps businesses reduce their cost of capital investments in security equipment, platform, and licensing expenses. Stop buying additional equipment and licenses and looking for technical support options, install McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection and get round the clock, round the year protection using a single subscription. You can indeed put your security staff to do something better and productive.

Simplified, Integrated Management

Now keep viruses, malware threats away, monitor their activities, and alter security policies for users using McAfee SecurityCenter, an online management console. Use your internet browser to monitor protection, run security scans, generate and manage security reports, customize dashboard reporting, and run updates and upgrades with just a click.

Simplified Installation and Maintenance

Enjoy rapid and simplified central installation of the SaaS protection service for all the users. Get rid of the CD- or FTP site-based installation. Simply send the installation link to the licensed users along with the instructions and you are good to go. Bingo! Let the users click on the link and download the security.

Global Threat Intelligence File Reputation Technology

Stay instant and real time protected wherever you are. The proven Global Threat Intelligence File Reputation Technology (GTIFRT) utilizes behavioral- and signature-oriented scanning so as to lower the chances of encountering unknown threats. There are many unidentified threats in the real internet world whom all of us are unaware. Everyday a new threat takes birth and is circulated over internet to target valuable information. The technology will close on this security gap and improve immunity of a business.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

How to install McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection

The article explains how McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection suite can be installed properly on a computer. The methods compiled here are simple and correct until date. It is, however, recommended that these should be followed carefully to avoid facing installation problems. This will sideline the need of looking for McAfee technical support and eventually save time and money. The below mentioned guide will help you perform the installation on your own and without looking for offline, online technical support options.


After you have purchased McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection, check your email account for the mails. You would have received 3 emails containing the logon details, order grant number, download link, policy, and various sets of instructions. Take printouts of the documentation, login details, and instructions as these will be needed during the installation procedure.

Ensure that your system meets the minimum hardware requirements for the installation. These include Intel Premium processor or a supported architecture, Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0 or higher, all the Windows operating systems with latest service packs, all the Windows Servers, and RAM 512MB for Windows XP and 2003 while 1GB for Windows 7 and Vista.

The installation of McAfee SaaS e-mail server protection requires a dedicated e-mail server (ISP hosted or in-house), email domain, and a static IP (internet protocol) address. If you are Microsoft Exchange server, you would need to ensure that the minimum requirements are met. Check the set of instructions and documentation received in email for precise information.

Once you have gone through the detailed information and have understood dos and don’ts besides verifying the system requirements, start preparing for the installation. Uninstall any existing anti-virus protection that you have on the computer(s) as there might be software conflict between two security programs. If it is Windows XP, click on the Start menu and navigate to Control Panel and then Add or Remove Programs. Select the program and then click on the Change\Remove button. Follow the instructions and remove the program. Wait for the computer to reboot. A manual reboot may be required if the computer doesn’t start automatically.

If it is Windows 7\Vista, click on the Start menu, type ‘programs and features’ (without quotes and as is) in the Start Search menu and then hit Enter on the keyboard. Select the program and click on the Uninstall button. Follow the instructions and complete removal. Similarly remove any firewall program that you have installed on. This might make your computer little unprotected, but do not worry as it is a standard procedure and has to be followed to correctly install the application.

When done, connect to the internet and go to your email. Open the email, click on the download link and begin the procedure. Follow the wizard’s instructions and complete the installation. When prompted reboot the computer. If you are an administrator, follow this method. Click on the download link in the email or copy & paste it in the address bar of your browser. Click on the Go button or hit Enter on the keyboard. 

When on the site, login to the Security Center and click to select the Install Protection button. Click on Desktop protection and then hit the Next button. Click on Install on this computer and choose desired options like the group to place the client computers in, the policy to assign to the computers, the protection services to install, and the language for the software. Once selected, click to select the Click here to install option. Follow the instructions and finish the procedure.

Now that the service has been installed on your computer, you as an admin can send URLs along with the instructions to users to install the suite on their own. Check McAfee’s official website or your printouts to know about more features, utilities, and benefits and how to use them.

Other than the URL (download link), there are two more methods for installing protection service on users’ computers. These include Silent installation and Push installation. The former method requires downloading and installing VSSETUP.EXE, a program, and running it in the Command Prompt line. The latter method requires downloading and installing the Push Install tool from the McAfee website.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection Suites

The article intends to describe what McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection suites are and what features and benefits these offer. The suites are designed to help ensure maximum protection from viruses, spyware, Trojan, spam, and web-based threats including phishing among other threats for desktops, laptops, and servers including file and email.

Threats are everywhere and no one is safe. Every day a new type of virus or spyware infection comes up to peep into the privacy of computer and internet users. Spam, online threats, email phishing, and Trojans etc. come handy when you try to listen to your favorite number or watch a video online or download and install a harmless tool to optimize your computer.

What’s more, you get it all free to quickly rot your lifetime and precious collection of data including bank information statements, office\school projects, emails, music numbers, videos, and photos among other things. But not anymore! With McAfee’s SaaS Endpoint Protection suite, you can easily lock the security of your desktop, laptop and server computers without using additional equipment.

McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection comes in three different versions namely McAfee SaaS Endpoint and Email Protection Suite, McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection Advanced Suite, and McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection Suite. Designed to serve all business sizes, these suites offer an array of excellent benefits and features. See below for more information

Features & Advantages:

Comprehensive Protection

The suites offer a single, integrated solution for all types of security needs of different business sizes, thereby helping them put an end to their hunt for security solutions. Save time and money with their excellent safeguard yet affordable technology solutions.

Get round-the-clock online, offline protection from spyware, viruses, phishing, Trojans, worms, and rootkits etc. Tighten security gap using automatic upgrades, updates, web-based management, and desktop firewall safeguard.

Reduce Ownership Cost

The McAfee SaaS Endpoint solutions will certainly not cost a fortune. Besides, these will help you minimize your hardware investment, software licensing expenses, and IT manpower needs. Let the McAfee solutions do the security job. Put your IT staff to do something better and productive rather than keeping an eye on employees as a watchdog. Focus more on your business and make most of your investment by leaving the security concerns on McAfee.

Easy Maintenance – Schedule reports, meetings or run upgrades or virus scans using McAfee SecurityCenter. The integrated console can help you arrange centralized installation, configuration, Microsoft Active Directory (MAD) synchronization, group management, reporting, and upgrades among other things quickly and efficiently.

Easy and Quick Deployment

Get protected anytime, anywhere. The suites offer quick and mobile deployment of security solutions irrespective of the place and time. Simply email the download\installation link to your users and they will be good to go. Ask them to go online (if they are not) and then install the protection. They can also install additional silent or push installation options.

Advanced, Real-time Protection

The Active Protection technology enables instant, real-time protection from the everyday growing threats. This essentially ensures that there remains no virtual gap between your computer and the suite. The technology quickly scans and removes these threats without having you to wait for the latest updates to be downloaded and installed on your computer. Stay site protected with the McAfee SiteAdvisor® technology. When a user tries to open any website, the technology will advise him whether it is safe to browse or potentially dangerous.
Global Threat Intelligence File Reputation Technology

The technology comes integrated into all three suites and is designed to provide protection from unknown, unseen threats. It uses behavioral and signature-based scanning that minimizes the risk of meeting with anonymous threats and thus loosing security. Besides quarantining and preventing real-time threats, the technology closes on security loopholes that occur frequently.