Antivirus scanner not detecting Magistr
Why doesn't McAfee's virus scan detect the Magistr string?
I've found several variations to the Magistr virus/worm, thus I'll make a
valid attempt at answering your question. There is the first version which
is listed as simply Magistr, then version a, b, c, d, 3320 and others.
The first thing you may need to do is ensure your version of McAfee has the
current signature library loaded (DAT). This can be optained from
www.mcafee.com for FREE. I would suggest downloading the SuperDat file that
contains both the signature DAT file and necessary updates to the McAfee
antivirus application software loaded on your computer.
If you have done these steps and the McAfee antivirus application still
doesn't find the virus, contact McAfee immediatlty to ensure you do not
have another strain or variation of that virus/worm. Use the following
, which will take you
to a section that will explain what to do if a virus cannot be removed.
I quote from their Web site:
"There are many reasons why an antivirus software package may [or may not]
detect but not remove a virus. Depending on the characteristics of the virus,
it may be necessary to exit out of Windows and run a DOS Command Line Scan.
Or it may be necessary to actually remove the virus manually. The utilities
available in McAfee.com's Virus Support Center have been designed to help
you address various virus related issues."
So, the answer to your question could be resolved by updating your signature
file and software, or you may need a special virus remover as noted on the
After review of your question, I would say you need to first ensure that your
McAfee software is configured correctly on your computer, update your
signature file and application software with the SuperDat from McAfee, then
check the whole process again.
the problem persists, contact McAfee, for they will have the best work
Viruses and worms are always changing, thus you must be flexible and
consistent on updating your signature files and application software. Place
your name on a distrubution list that notifies you of new viruses and correct
This was first published in September 2001