VirusScan slims down for remote workers
- By IDG News Service, James Niccolai
- Sep 20, 2000
Network Associates Inc.'s McAfee division is preparing to launch a lightweight
version of its desktop antivirus software designed for workers who access
networks via dialup modems.
Called VirusScan TC (for thin client), the software is scheduled to
become available Oct. 16 and will be announced at the Networld+Interop (N+I)
networking trade show, which kicks off Sept. 25 in Atlanta, said Ryan McGee,
a product marketing manager for McAfee.
The program is about 3M, or one-fifth the size of McAfee's standard
VirusScan desktop product, which should make it less of a headache for remote
workers to download over a phone line.
"We basically went through the code and stripped away all the bells
and whistles that some customers had told us they considered redundant or
unnecessary," McGee said.
The software also does away with the end-user interface. Besides helping
to reduce the size of the program, this also stops workers from reconfiguring
or disabling their antivirus software, which can cause extra work for IT
departments, McGee said.
The software will appeal most to organizations using Version 4.03 of
McAfee's software or earlier, he said. That's because older versions of
McAfee's product require users to download the entire directory of virus
definitions each time a new virus emerges, which can take forever over a
VirusScan TC also includes a reporting capability that helps IS managers
track information such as how many viruses have hit their network in the
past year and where a particular virus originated, McGee said.
McAfee VirusScan TC will be priced at $49 per year for 25 clients or
less, or $28 per year for 26 clients to 500 clients, McAfee officials said.