Access Protection tab

Option definitions

Configure access protection rules and prevent McAfee processes from being stopped.

Option Definition
Settings for Select Workstation or Server from the drop-down list.
Note: This option is only available via ePolicy Orchestrator.
Access protection settings
  • Enable access protection — Enables the access protection feature.
  • Prevent McAfee services from being stopped— Prevent users without debug privileges from terminating McAfee processes.

    Users with debug program privileges can still stop McAfee processes even though you select this option.

    Administrators have debug program privileges by default for Windows XP and Windows 2003 operating systems. Remove these privileges from the user’s permissions so that they cannot stop McAfee processes.

Access protection rules

Categories — Select a category to display the rules for that category. Rules are organized into these categories:

  • Anti-virus Standard Protection
  • Anti-virus Maximum Protection
  • Anti-virus Outbreak Control
  • Common Standard Protection
  • Common Maximum Protection
  • Virtual Machine Protection
  • User-defined Rules

If you installed AntiSpyware Enterprise Module 8.7, you also have these categories:

  • Anti-spyware Standard Protection
  • Anti-spyware Maximum Protection

See How access protection rules are defined for more information.

Block/Report/Rules — Configure the rules:

  • Block — Blocks the process that is specified in the Rule Details. Select Block to enable the rule or deselect it to disable the rule.


    To block access attempts without logging, select Block but do not select Report.

  • Report — Enables reporting of attempts to violate access protection. When a detection occurs, information is recorded in the activity log.

    To receive a warning without blocking access attempts, select Report, but do not select Block. This is useful when the full impact of a rule is not known. Monitor the logs and/or reports for a short while to determine whether to block access.

  • Rules — Use the rules to protect your computer from unwanted changes. Rules are organized by category. First select the category, then select the rule. See Configuring anti-virus and common rules and Configuring user-defined rules for more information.

    New — Create a new user-defined rule. See Configuring user-defined rules for more information.

    Edit — Change an existing rule.

    Delete — Remove an existing user-defined rule.

    You can only delete user-defined rules. Other rules can be edited or disabled, but not deleted. To disable a rule, deselect both the Block and Report options.