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Important information about the 5.x.00 Anti-Virus Scanning Engine
Technical Articles ID:  KB66741
Last Modified:  2/10/2015


McAfee Anti-Virus Scanning Engine 5.7.00 (5700), 5.6.00 (5600)
Multiple McAfee products


This article contains information about releases and how to stop automatic Engine updates from the current Engine to the next Engine version. It also provides links to articles that help you roll back from the next Engine to the current Engine if required. For an explanation of the Engine and its function, see KB52425.

Intel Security first releases the Anti-Malware Engine updates for elective download. This allows you to download Engine packages for manual installation over a period of three months. After the three month period, the Engine is put on an AutoUpdate posting. This means that your point product will automatically update to the new release. The old Engine reaches end of life six months after elective downloads begin.

The 5700 Engine will succeed the current 5600 Anti-Malware Engine and includes the following improvements: 
Detection Enhancements
  • Enhancements to Java class format scanning to improve exploit detection capabilities
  • Live memory scanning on Windows for detecting and removing malicious processes, threads, and files
  • Enhanced generic unpacking to detect more threats
  • Native unpacking for newer versions of ASPack, AutoIt, and MSI
Performance Enhancements
  • General performance optimizations, including initialization and scanning
  • Improvement in Extra.DAT load times
Platform Enhancements
  • New supported platforms:
    • AIX 7.1
    • FreeBSD 9.x
    • Linux 3.12 Kernel
    • Solaris 11 on Intel
  • End of Life platforms:
    • Windows 2000
    • FreeBSD 6.x
    • HP-UX on Itanium
    • Mac on PowerPC
System Requirements (disk space and memory):
  • At least 512 MB of free hard disk space
  • At least an additional 512 MB of free hard disk space reserved for temporary files
  • At least 512 MB of RAM for scanning operations (1024 MB recommended minimum)
  • At least 1024 MB of RAM for updating operations
Minimum OS Requirements
  • Win XP:
    Supported: WinXP SP3 32-bit, WinXP SP2 64-bit
    Unsupported: WinXP RTM/SP1 (32-bit and 64-bit), WinXP SP2 (32-bit)
  • Windows 2003:
    Supported: Windows 2003 SP2
    Unsupported: Windows 2003 RTM and Windows 2003 SP1
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 8 and 7
  • Windows 2008 RTM and R2
  • Windows 2012 RTM and R2
Release Schedule for the 5700 Engine
  • RTW (Elective Download) - September 15, 2014
  • RTW (AutoUpdate) - January 20, 2015
  • 5600 Engine End Of Life (EOL) - March 31, 2015

    IMPORTANT: VSE 8.7i endpoints must have VSE 8.7i Patch 5 + Hotfix 982564 to install the Anti-Malware Engine 5700. For details, see KB82746
5700 Anti-Virus Scanning Engine (RTW)
The Anti-Malware Engine 5700 is the current Engine and applies to all McAfee products that use the Anti-Malware Engine.
5700 Engine Download
You can download the 5700 Engine from the McAfee Security Updates page at http://www.mcafee.com/apps/downloads/security-updates/security-updates.aspx.

Available 5700 Packages
The following 5700 ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) packages are available: 
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Mac OS X
NOTE: The 5700 Engine will not be provided as a SuperDAT executable package.
EOL on Microsoft Windows 2000
  • The End Of Support (EOS) and EOL date for the Anti-Virus Scanning Engine on Windows 2000 was December 31, 2014. For details, see KB76758.
  • If you are using security products on Windows 2000, Intel Security suggests you investigate solutions that use later releases of supported Microsoft operating systems.
Rolling back to an earlier version
To roll back the Engine for your point product to an earlier version, refer to the relevant article:
Point product Related article
GroupShield 7.0 for Domino KB60375
GroupShield 7.x for Exchange KB54276
Security for Lotus Domino 7.5 KB66692
Security for Microsoft Exchange 8.x KB74691
Security for Microsoft Exchange 7.6 KB74202
Security for SharePoint 2.5 KB74201
VirusScan Enterprise 8.x KB58626
VirusScan Enterprise for Linux KB54769

Stopping automatic updates
To stop your point product from automatically upgrading to the latest posted Engine, refer to the relevant article:
Point product Related article
ePO 5.0 (EOL) KB77901
ePO 4.6 KB73864
ePO 4.5 (EOL) KB66770
GroupShield 7.0 for Domino KB60383
GroupShield 7.x for Exchange KB54168
Security for Lotus Domino 7.5 KB66695
Security for Microsoft Exchange 8.x, 7.x KB78061
Security for SharePoint 2.5 KB74892
VirusScan Enterprise 8.x KB51159
VirusScan Enterprise for Linux KB54024

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