McAfee Granted Patent for Verifying the Installations

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 1:26 pm

McAfee, Inc., (NYSE: MFE) today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company U.S. Patent No. 6,978,454 entitled “Checking Computer Program Installation,” which covers various structures, programs and processes for detecting characteristics indicative of proper installation of a computer program. Specifically, the invention reviews registry entries or files to verify that the computer program is properly installed.

According to a specific example of the patented technology, predetermined data characterizing correct installation of a computer program is first identified and then a detection operation is carried out. Such a detection operation produces a detection result that describes registry entries or files which were made or stored, respectively, in conjunction with the installation of the computer program. To this end, the predetermined data may be compared with the detection result to verify the correct installation of the computer program. To facilitate proper checking, the predetermined data may further specify a relationship between registry entries that corresponds to the correct installation of the computer program.


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