Powertech Antivirus

NOTE: In versions 4.3 and earlier, Powertech Antivirus was called Stand Guard Anti-Virus.

July 2019

Version 5.1
New Features
  • The following improvements have been made to Powertech Antivirus-specific features of the HelpSystems Insite web browser interface.
    • The running configuration of the On-access virus scanning service, including notification settings, can now be updated. Configuration updates can be applied to one or several endpoints simultaneously.
    • Notification settings can now be configured for On-demand scanning.
    • A new Insite Powertech Antivirus service has been added.
    • The ability to reference status information about requests sent to Insite's Powertech Antivirus service has been added.
  • A new On-access scanning option allows for scanning of files when opened and closed.
Enhancements
  • Additional information has been added to the Endpoint Properties pane, including OS, Powertech Antivirus version, DAT file version, and scan engine version.
  • Default settings in the configuration file have been updated to improve performance.
Other Fixes
  • Powertech Antivirus no longer checks for an empty parameter when -- is specified.
  • The bash dependency for Powertech Antivirus RPM and DEB packages has been removed.
  • An incorrectly configured notify section in config.ini (for example, a missing dot in name.cmd or name.options) no longer causes avconfig/avscan/avsvc to crash.
  • A potential avscan/avupdate/avsvc crash caused by a malformed license file has been resolved.

June 2019

Version 4.1.5

(Legacy version for OS compatibility (includes previous name Stand Guard Anti-Virus) without On-access scanning support)

  • Curl support has been added for HTTP support acquiring DAT files.
  • The default avupdate action now uses curl to acquire virus definition updates from McAfee's HTTP server.
  • Powertech Antivirus now uses the McAfee 6000 Anti-Malware Engine, which includes the following new features:
    • Enhanced support for JavaScript, including stabilization and performance improvements.
    • Improved VBA file handling capability to detect more threats.
    • Improved access to Win32 APIs enabling better policy control over DAT content.
    • Enhanced support to detect 64-bit PE , ELF , Mach-O and .NET based malware.
    • Improved ELF file handling capability.
    • Optimizations to DAT initialization to improve load times.

April 2019

Version 5.0.1
  • The bash dependency for installing Powertech Antivirus has been removed.

March 2019

Version 5.0
  • Powertech Antivirus is now supported by the HelpSystems Insite web browser interface, which allows you to easily monitor your systems using Insite's Dashboard and interactive controls.
  • Notifications can now be sent from several points in Powertech Antivirus, including On-Demand Scanning and On-Access Scanning. Scheduled emails can also be sent for status updates.

  • Powertech Antivirus now uses the McAfee 6000 Anti-Malware Engine, which includes the following new features:
    • Enhanced support for JavaScript, including stabilization and performance improvements.
    • Improved VBA file handling capability to detect more threats.
    • Improved access to Win32 APIs enabling better policy control over DAT content.
    • Enhanced support to detect 64-bit PE , ELF , Mach-O and .NET based malware.
    • Improved ELF file handling capability.
    • Optimizations to DAT initialization to improve load times.
  • The product has been renamed "Powertech Antivirus." The new name is used throughout the software and accompanying documentation. (Prior to version 5.0, the product was called "Stand Guard Anti-Virus.")

August 2018

Version 4.3 (AIX only)
New Features
  • Stand Guard Anti-Virus can now scan files as they are accessed by users of the system, a process known as On-Access Scanning.
    • An on-access management service is provided, which allows you to start, stop, and query the status of the service, as well as load configuration file updates.
    • On-access scan options are controlled through a configuration file.
    • A reporting tool is provided to display the status of the service.
    • Stand Guard Anti-Virus manages scanning of mounted file systems by detecting unmount and mount actions, resuming the scan procedure accordingly.
    • Scans that take too long can now be aborted after a specified timeout duration.
    • File caching allows for enhanced on-access scanning performance.
  • New diagnostic capabilities have been added that reveal environment details helpful for analysis and troubleshooting.
  • Tools have been provided to validate and update the on-access configuration file.
Enhancements
  • The Stand Guard Anti-Virus installation package now includes a version of the McAfee virus definitions to allow for scanning immediately after installation.
Other Fixes
  • The --cmd option in AVSCAN now scans the script file before execution.
  • All AVSCAN options are now validated.
  • The --loglevel 1 option in AVSCAN no longer results in unexpected behavior.
  • An issue causing an incorrect file count in the AVSCAN scan summary has been corrected.

June 2018

Version 4.1.4 (AIX only)
  • The --delay option now allows you to specify a pause (in milliseconds) as a CPU limiting technique to manage system resources under heavy use.

May 2018

Version 4.2 (Linux only)
New Features
  • Stand Guard Anti-Virus can now scan files as they are accessed by users of the system, a process known as On-Access Scanning.
    • An on-access management service is provided, which allows you to start, stop, and query the status of the service, as well as load configuration file updates.
    • On-access scan options are controlled through a configuration file.
    • A reporting tool is provided to display the status of the service.
    • Stand Guard Anti-Virus manages scanning of mounted file systems by detecting unmount and mount actions, resuming the scan procedure accordingly.
    • Scans that take too long can now be aborted after a specified timeout duration.
    • File caching allows for enhanced on-access scanning performance.
  • New diagnostic capabilities have been added that reveal environment details helpful for analysis and troubleshooting.
  • Tools have been provided to validate and update the on-access configuration file.
Enhancements
  • The Stand Guard Anti-Virus installation package now includes a version of the McAfee virus definitions to allow for scanning immediately after installation.
Other Fixes
  • The --cmd option in AVSCAN now scans the script file before execution.
  • All AVSCAN options are now validated.
  • The --loglevel 1 option in AVSCAN no longer results in unexpected behavior.
  • An issue causing an incorrect file count in the AVSCAN scan summary has been corrected.
  • --passive is now the default option on RedHat systems.

February 2018

Version 4.1.3
  • The --maxwait, --exclude, --cmd, --timeout, and --loglevel options are now validated prior to running the command in order to eliminate unexpected behavior.
  • The AVSCAN options summary now displays PUP scan options correctly.
  • The AVSCAN --cmd option now scans script files before execution.
  • The AVSCAN summary now accurately displays the number of files that were scanned. The scanner no longer counts the files identified as infected twice.
  • Unexpected behavior caused by using loglevel1 has been resolved.
  • Directories are no longer potentially skipped after a large or infected archive is detected.

November 2017

Version 4.1.2
Enhancements
  • Scan results from many Stand Guard Anti-Virus installations can now be directed to SYSLOG in order to provide centralized monitoring.
  • Stand Guard Anti-Virus now supports RHEL 7.1 (and later) Power Linux Little Endian and SLES 12 Power Linux Little Endian. (Linux only)
  • Support for Wget has been added. (Linux only)
Other Updates
  • AVSCAN no longer scans the /Quarantined folder, which is unnecessary and results in extraneous nested folders.

October 2017

Version 4.1
  • Stand Guard Anti-Virus now supports Power RHEL 6 & 7 and SLES 11 Big Endian Linux.

For more information, visit the McAfee website.

June 2017

Version 4.0-13
  • Stand Guard Anti-Virus now uses the new McAfee 5900 Anti-Malware Engine, which includes the following:
    • Enhanced support of JavaScript malware detection
    • Enhancements to DAT content to improve predictability of content processing
    • A new high-performance executable packer (MPRESS) to decompress executables
    • Dotfuscator .NET obfuscation functionality for string obfuscation
    • Improved support of OLE file format Platform enhancements

For more information, visit the McAfee website.

November 2016

Version 4.0-12
  • Updated McAfee Scan Engine 5800.
    • Enhancements to PDF format to improve exploit detection capabilities.
    • Improved unpacking of .NET, VBA, Shockwave Flash and generic unpacking improvements to detect more threats.
    • Performance optimizations of initialization and scanning.
  • Ability to run real-time scans interactively.
  • Use your favorite scheduler to run system scans and download DAT file updates. CRON is no longer required.
  • Simplified User Interface for enhanced user experience.
  • Improved Stability.
  • Support for 64-bit systems.

February 2016

Version 4.0-11
  • Updated McAfee Scan Engine 5800.
    • Enhancements to PDF format to improve exploit detection capabilities.
    • Improved unpacking of .NET, VBA, Shockwave Flash and generic unpacking improvements to detect more threats.
    • Performance optimizations of initialization and scanning.
  • Ability to run real-time scans interactively.
  • Use your favorite scheduler to run system scans and download DAT file updates. CRON is no longer required.
  • Simplified User Interface for enhanced user experience.
  • Improved Stability.

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