Release Schedule Change – 5900 Anti-Malware Engine Beta Refresh


Hello friends,
The McAfee Anti-Malware Engine, a core component of the McAfee Endpoint and Gateway products, uses patented technology to analyze potentially malicious code to detect and block Trojans, viruses, worms, adware, spyware, and other threats.

The 5900 Anti-Malware Engine Beta Refresh and VirusScan Command Line 6.1.0 Beta release schedule has changed to take an opportunity to further improve the engine performance in relation to new JavaScript versions, based on work done during the previous Beta cycle.

New planned schedule
5900 Engine Beta 3 – January 17, 2017
VirusScan Command Line 6.1.0 products Beta 3 – by January 21, 2017
Release Candidate (RC) packages of 5900 Engine and VirusScan Command Line 6.1.0 products – mid-February 2017
5900 Engine (Elective download) general availability (GA) and VirusScan Command Line 6.1.0 products GA – late February 2017
5900 Engine (AutoUpdate) GA – late April 2017

New features in the 5900 Anti-Malware Engine

The 5900 Anti-Malware Engine is a yearly Engine release that will succeed the current 5800 Engine and includes the following improvements:

Detection and Performance Enhancements:

Enhanced support of JavaScript to detect more threats.
Improved support for Microsoft Office (OLE) file format.
Improved unpacking of Dotfuscator and MPRESS packed files.
Enhancements to DAT content to improve predictability of content processing.

Platform Enhancements
New Platform Support
Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Windows Server 2016

Where are the Beta/RC Packages available?
They are available from the Engines area of the McAfee Enterprise Beta site:

For complete information about the 5900 Anti-Malware Engine, see KB66741:

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