DTAM054 - McAfee VirusScan On-Demand scan must be configured to find unknown program threats.


Due to the ability of malware to mutate after infection, standard antivirus signatures may not be able to catch new strains or variants of the malware. Typically, these strains and variants will share unique characteristics with others in their virus family. By using a generic signature to detect the shared characteristics, using wildcards where differences lie, the generic signature can detect viruses even if they are padded with extra, meaningless code. This method of detection is Heuristic detection.


From the ePO server console System Tree, select the Systems tab, select the asset to be checked, select Actions, select Agent, and select Modify Tasks on a Single System. From the list of available tasks in the Task Name column, with the assistance of the ePO SA, identify the weekly on demand client scan task. In the same row as the client scan task under review, under the Task Type column, ensure it is an 'On Demand scan' and in the Status column, ensure that the status is 'Enabled'. In the Task Name column, select the weekly on demand task. Under the Scan Items tab, locate the 'Heuristics:' label. Select the 'Find unknown program threats' option. Select Save.

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References: 800-53|SI-3c.1., CAT|II, CCI|CCI-001241, Rule-ID|SV-216918r397867_rule, STIG-ID|DTAM054, STIG-Legacy|SV-55199, STIG-Legacy|V-6614, Vuln-ID|V-216918

Plugin: Windows

Control ID: 846381178e09d30196e7027f41c635f4ec47a681586cdc8df55ce9574d357b4d