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How to prevent EWS and MEG from automatically updating to the latest Anti-virus Engine and DAT updates
Technical Articles ID:   KB74796
Last Modified:  3/3/2017


McAfee Anti-Virus Scanning Engine 5x00
McAfee Email and Web Security (EWS) 5.x
McAfee Email Gateway (MEG) 7.x

On October 22, 2015, McAfee announced the five year End of Life (EOL) for McAfee Email Gateway (MEG) software and appliances. For details, see KB85857


How to disable automatic Anti-Virus Scanning Engine and DAT file updates on EWS and MEG Appliances.


IMPORTANT: It is not possible to disable Engine and DAT file updates separately. Disabling Anti-virus engine updates also disables DAT file updates.
  1. Open the Appliance management console/dashboard.
  2. Select System, Component Management, Update Status.
  3. Under Version information and updates, locate the Anti-virus engine entry.
  4. Click the link to the update settings located in the Scheduled column.
    You see a pop-up window.
  5. Click Next until you reach the page Time to schedule update.
  6. Select Never and click Finish.
  7. Click Apply changes.

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