Stinger is used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but rather a tool to assist users when dealing with an infected system.

Note: Off-campus file download is password-restricted and is available to NUI, Galway staff only. Please contact the Service Desk for off-campus password details.   

How do I use Stinger?

  1. Download the  lastest version of Stinger from Mcafees website   
    When prompted, choose to save the file to a convenient location on your hard disk (such as your Desktop folder).   
  2. When the download is complete, navigate to the folder that contains the downloaded Stinger file, and double click on it to run it.   
  3. The Stinger interface will be displayed.Stinger Interface Image
  4. ‌If necessary, click the Add or Browse button to add additional drives/directories to scan. By default the C: drive will be scanned.
  5. Click the Scan Now button to begin scanning the specified drives/directories. 
  6. By default Stinger will repair all infected files found. 
  7. If Stinger finds infected files, Windows ME and Windows XP users should read this first 

Anti-Virus Software for Students (Windows Users)


All users of computer facilities on the University network have a responsibility to follow best practice in avoiding infection by computer viruses, whether you are using University-owned or privately owned equipment.

Students can download the McAfee anti-virus software ( available on-campus only) to install on laptops for use on the NUIGWiFi network.

It is each student's own responsibility to install and update anti-virus on their own laptops.

  1. Important: Only one anti-virus program should be installed at any time on a computer. Uninstall any existing anti-virus programs including expired or trial versions before installing McAfee anti-virus software.       

  2. Download and install McAfee version 8.8 
    Suitable for Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, or earlier 
    McAfee is available to download on-campus only when connected to the wired campus network or to NUIGWiFi 

  3. Download the latest DAT file from the McAfee website  
    Download the latest McAfee DAT file to the Desktop 
    Go to the Desktop and double-click on DAT download 
    Follow the on-screen instructions to install the DAT file - no restart is required. 

  4. Check the SuperDat file version regularly 
    Users must ensure that the SuperDat file version is being continuously updated. 
    Do this at least once every month. 

  5. Practice safe computing 
    Always remember that anti-virus software can only ever protect against viruses known to it, so it stands to reason that the virus writers will always be one step ahead. With this in mind, you should at all times follow the recommendations for safe computing particularly in areas such as email or Internet usage.

Virus Removal Procedure