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McAfee, Inc. Granted Patent for Patching Emulators.

Emulator Extension Used to Assist Already-Existing Emulator Code to Set Up an Optimized Environment Conducive to Emulating Suspect Code

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- McAfee, Inc., , the leader in Intrusion Prevention and Security Risk Management, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company U.S. Patent 6,907,396 entitled "Detecting Computer Viruses or Malicious Software By Patching Instructions Into an Emulator." The granted patent covers various structures, programs and processes for patching an emulator. The principles of the invention are accomplished by loading an emulator with an emulator extension, which includes additional code beyond that associated with the emulator code, better equipping the emulator for detecting a computer virus and/or malicious software within suspect code.

An emulator is equipped with emulator code for performing emulation within an insulated environment so that a computer system is protected from malicious actions of the suspect code. According to a specific example of the patented technology, an emulator extension is loaded into an emulator. The emulator extension includes program instructions that aid in the process of emulating the suspect code in order to detect a computer virus and/or malicious software. As an option, the emulator extension can be retrieved from a database that contains multiple emulator extensions. By using multiple emulator extensions, it is possible to handle conflicting emulator environments ensuring emulation is performed in an optimized fashion.

"This patent further validates McAfee's innovation in the area of emulation technology," said Jeffrey Green, senior vice president of engineering, McAfee, Inc. "By patching emulators, the emulation process is capable of being improved constantly and tailored to meet the needs of our customers and the changing threat landscape."

About McAfee, Inc.

McAfee, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California and the global leader in Intrusion Prevention and Security Risk Management, delivers proactive and proven solutions and services that secure systems and networks around the world. With its unmatched security expertise and commitment to innovation, McAfee empowers home users, businesses, the public sector, and service providers with the ability to block attacks, prevent disruptions, and continuously track and improve their security. http://www.mcafee.com/ .

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CONTACT: Tracy Ross of McAfee, Inc., +1-408-346-5965, or Tracy_Ross@mcafee.com; or Ally Zwahlen of Porter Novelli, +1-408-369-4665, or Ally.zwahlen@porternovelli.com, for McAfee, Inc.

Web site: http://www.mcafee.com/
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