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Update Mcafee in Windows

Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 4:18 pm
by Bullseye
Hi all
I can't figure out how to update Mcafee in Windows. I'm using Ultra ISO to update the virus definitions in the ISO image to burn an updated CD, but I can't find any info on how to do it with the exception of Victor's advice to do it from a command prompt, but I'm working in Windows. :?:

Update Mcafee in Windows

Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 5:13 pm
by Victor Chew
You can update McAfee's virus definition from Windows. Just download the
sdat*.exe file from the McAfee website, and execute sdat*.exe /x from
either the Windows command prompt, or Start, Run. Then copy all the
files you have extracted into the ISO, overwriting the existing files.

Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 8:33 pm
by Bullseye
Thanks Victor..;

Update Mcafee

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 6:25 am
by Bullseye
Well, I have tried every possable way to update Mcafee with the sdat.exe xxxx and have failed. I followed Victor's instructions, but it just won't work for me. A zip file would really be nice!!!

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 6:41 am
by NwDsk
For extraction run "sdat????.exe /e"

BTW I managed to script a little update routine that let you update the virus-def files for F-prot, AntiVirus, McAfee and Avast from the internet when booting the UBCD cdrom on a machine with a NIC connected to a LAN (which has internet access). This way you will always have latest virus-defs available when servicing a machine (unless it is a standalone). I will forward this to Victor for inclusion with next release.


Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 11:44 am
by Bullseye
Thanks NwDsk

I repair PCs on the side and have a stand-alone Dell Dimension 4100 with a NIC card for cable modem. Would it be possable to extract the iso to a root folder on the HDD and update from there? Also could you e-mail me script so I can play with it?

Thanks... Larry Smith

Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2005 3:44 am
by NwDsk

My scripts are currently being tested for (optional) inclusion with UBCD. It is included with the (upcoming) general-UBCD-boot-image used with all the dosapps and it is capable to update any of the 5 antivirus products on UBCD. It does this by first copying the AV-product to ramdrive and then update it. This is done on the target-station so there is no need to extract the ISO to HD. If you want to freeze the current updated AV-definitions onto your personal UBCD you can indeed extract the ISO, add the AV-definitions, and burn the CD.
I cannot send you the sole script since it is integrated with the general-UBCD-boot-image and it is under testing with Victor. As soon as I got his feedback I will release it here for testing.


Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2005 5:52 am
by Bullseye
OK, thanks for getting back to me. I look forward to the next update of UBCD.

Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2005 6:18 am
by NwDsk

I uploaded a boot-flop test-version ubcdvir on my beta-section. It is a SFX that extracts itself as a 1680KB bootflop. It is quite the same as the UBCD-version except that it is standalone (real floppy instead of image on CDROM) so the copy-from-UBCD-part is greyed out. But apart from that it functions the same. Due to the fact that the progs of McAfee and the progs and defs of AVG are not available as DOS-download I cheated a bit and they will be downloaded from another site (my site). This probably will be altered.

Make sure when you want to try-out all the AV-products with this boot-flop that you delete the previous AV-product from ramdrive before launching the next. Otherwise the ramdrive will run out of space.

If you want to let it autostart some AV-product with some parameters, edit the file Startup.bat in A:\Etc

Feedback appreciated...


Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 11:09 am
by skydiver
I am having a problem with the anti-virus update script. I am working on a computer without a CD drive (It died) and have only a NTFS d: drive. When the update tries to wget the virus definitions, AUTOVIR gives me this error:
Warning: cannot open swap file c:\cwsdpmi.swp

Where can I change where I save the downloaded virus definition files? I am booting with the emm386 optimal disk image. Can the program be pointed to save the swap file on the RAM drive? I run the bootimage with NTFS and LFN support enabled, but I am not sure if that also enable write access to the partition.


Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 2:58 pm
by Bullseye
I have since been using the UBCD Updater, which works really well...