Mcafee Virus | Mcafee DAT 5958 reports false svchost.exe virus

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 By

Blue screen of death on a Windows PC

If you used the Mcafee DAT 5958 virus update this morning, your computer may be giving you the blue screen of death. Image from Flickr.

Users of Mcaffe Virus scanning software who updated their definition files this morning to Mcafee DAT 5958 found themselves in the unfortunate situation of getting a false svchost.exe virus report. There is no reason to get payday loans online to pay for a computer expert to fix the Mcafee virus, though. Instead, Mcafee DAT 5958 has already been replaced by the company, and the issue workaround is relatively simple.

Mcafee virus hit at 6 a.m.

At 6 a.m. on April 21, McCafee released its virus-definition update DAT 5958. Once this Mcafee 5958 file was downloaded, however, users of Windows XP got a report that they had an svchost.exe virus. The suspected file, though, was not a virus, but an essential Windows XP operating system file. Any user who chose to quarantine or “fix” the problem ended up with a blue screen or a shutdown computer.

Mcafee virus fixes

As soon as Mcafee virus scanner users began reporting the Mcafee virus issues, the company jumped into high gear. DAT file 5959 was released within hours, and was made available on the Mcaffee virus Security Updates page. If you did not take immediate action when your computer reported an svchost.exe virus, you may just need to update your Mcafee DAT 5958 file to DAT 5959 to fix the issue. Keeping your virus definitions file – DAT file – updated is usually a very good idea, and you should ensure you have the DAT 5959 file if you do run Mcafee virus scanning software.

Fixing the Mcafee virus

If you did quarantine or “fix” the Mcafee virus or svchost.exe virus after your Mcaffe virus scanner updated this morning, then you may want to fix your computer before applying for a low rate personal loan. There is no immediate security risk to the Mcafee virus, but it can cause your Windows XP computer to shut down or quit working. Two full walkthroughs of solutions to the Mcafee virus are available on the Mcafee virus website. Most installations of Mcafee should automatically update, though it will take a few hours for all download servers to distribute the updated file.

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This post has 3 comments

  1. James Wilson says:

    Thanks for the "scvhost.exe" replacement advice. I was able to get the internet going again and normal operations…I think. I deleted McAfee and am now trying to reinstall it. But I appear working normal now. Before, the program bar was missing, couldn's connect to the internet, EXCEL would not work properly and I could not access some programs.

    Thank you,

    James Larry Wilson

  2. Mike says:

    Since you can’t run any exe file or use copy and paste, the removal tool is useless.

    I fixed this by following a modification of the corporate directions.

    1. Restart windows in safe mode. (F8)

    2. Browse to C:programfilesmcafeevirusscan and delete the DAT folder. Can’t do this in normal mode since McAfee is using it.

    3. Run ‘msconfig’ and stop McAfee from starting up. Uncheck in the startup tab box.

    4. Restart the computer in normal mode.

    5. Run ‘cmd’ in the run box to get a command prompt.

    6. In the dos window type copy c:WINDOWSServicePackFilesi386svchost.exe c:WINDOWSsystem32 on one line, spaces only between copy and exe and c: and press enter. Should say 1 file copied. This assumes the svchost.exe file is in that location, which most are.

    7. Restart computer again.

    8. You should now have internet access.

    9. Click on and run McAfee’s program. It should complain about no protection. Click on check for updates. The new 5959 DAT file will be installed.

    10. Run ‘msconfig’ again and put startup items back as they were.

    Buy no means does this cover all possible windows configurations, and assumes some windows knowledge.

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