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McAfee vs Symantec - Virus Names

Created: 03 Jan 2013 | 6 comments

Im currently in the process of moving a large number of nodes from McAfee to Symantec.  I have a lot of Virus Detection information for McAfee detections and im searching round trying to find a decent webpage/table to show the equivalent name in SEPM.

Any Suggestions


All the best for 2013


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_Brian's picture

You won't find much other than looking on their site. They may give a "Name used by other vendor" description.

There is no standard naming convention between AV companies. Been a problem for a long long time.

Falaendor's picture

Yes ive been using their NAI site but its very hit and miss sad.


_Brian's picture

And until a governing body overseas this, it will continue to be. Here's a good resource:

Ashish-Sharma's picture



Always Competitive company detect virus another company product.

Thanks In Advance

Ashish Sharma



Mithun Sanghavi's picture


Virus naming coventions are different from company to company.

For Symantec, check these Articles:

Naming convention for statically named virus definition update files

Virus Naming Conventions

When there is a Virus detected by Symantec, the Symantec website gives more insight / write up on what would be other Antivirus companies be calling the same detection as.

For example:



Also Known As: BKDR_DEXTR.A [Trend]

Hope that helps!!

Mithun Sanghavi
Senior Consultant

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cus000's picture

There's no such table exist, i think the only way is to google up the concerned McAfee virus name at from here you will see all kind of name for different vendor...


Sample for "Conficker" at McAfee.... you'll see "Downadup" at Symantec.... etc etc