March 11, 1997 1:45 PM ET
McAfee's PC-medic alleviates pain of GPFs
By Christy Walker

  McAfee Associates Inc. will roll out on Friday a diagnostic utility that protects against general protection faults.

PC-medic 97 intercepts GPFs and other crash-causing events on Windows 95. In the event of a GPF, it allows users to save their work and exit an application without rebooting the system, according to officials of the Santa Clara, Calif., company.

"This is for people who want an alternative to hour-long tech support lines," said Tom Crahen, product marketing manager for McAfee.

The software includes real-time protection against other Windows 95 snafus as well, such as lost clusters, cross-linked files and missing dynamic link libraries. It also automates system backups to LANs and WANs, Iomega Corp. Zip and Jaz drives, and the Internet.

"I plan to use PC-medic to alleviate some PC crashes and to make the allocation of resources within Windows a bit more efficient," said Bill Woloch, project coordinator for Georgetown University Medical Center, in Washington.

The $40 product, which is also slated to ship on Friday, comes bundled with McAfee's VirusScan anti-virus software.

A Windows NT version of PC-medic is expected in the second quarter, said officials.

McAfee is at www.mcafee.com.

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