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VirusScan for Mac 9.x reports ERROR INITIALIZING ENGINE. ERROR NO: 7
Technical Articles ID:  KB77749
Last Modified:  5/14/2015


McAfee VirusScan for Mac 9.2
Mac OS X


If you attempt to upgrade the Anti-malware Engine in VirusScan for Mac 9.x to Anti-malware Engine 5600, you see the following message, and the engine upgrade fails:


IMPORTANT: The Anti-Malware Engine upgrade requires a mandatory hotfix (Hotfix 833397).

Solution 1

This issue is resolved in VirusScan for Mac 9.5 which is available from the Product Downloads page. Intel Security recommends that you upgrade to this version.

If you are using VirusScan for Mac 9.1 or 9.2, you can upgrade to VirusScan for Mac 9.5 directly. For more information on VirusScan for Mac 9.5, see PD24571.

McAfee product software, upgrades, maintenance releases, and documentation are available from the Product Downloads site at: http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/downloads.aspx.

 You will need a valid Grant Number for access. KB56057 provides additional information about the Product Downloads site, as well as alternate locations for some products.

NOTE: If you are unable to upgrade at this time, see the following solution. Be advised that VirusScan for Mac 9.1  does not support Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). If you plan to use this version of Mac OS, you must upgrade to a minimum of VirusScan for Mac 9.2.

Solution 2

If you cannot upgrade to VirusScan for Mac 9.5 at this time, this issue is also resolved in VirusScan for Mac 9.2 Hotfix 833397. This is a mandatory hotfix that allows a successful Engine upgrade to 5600.

To install this hotfix, either run the hotfix directly on the client Mac, or deploy it through ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO). To verify that the hotfix was successfully applied, check the following:

  • Hotfix Version: HF833397 should be present under Anti-malware in the VirusScan for Mac About box.
  • In ePO, under Product Properties for Anti-malware for Mac you see HF833397 in the Hotfix/ Patch Version.

NOTE: If you experience this issue with VirusScan for Mac 9.0 or 9.1 you must upgrade to VirusScan for Mac 9.2 before applying Hotfix 833397.

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