McAfee has been granted a patent for technology that verifies software installations. Software based on this patent will allow users to check installations by comparing predetermined installation data with detected installation results. The software first identifies a certain installation of a program and then runs a detection operation which traces back data that was actually installed and compares the findings to the correct data set.

McAfee stated that the technology will enable users not only to check if a certain software is properly installed, but also identify differing computer programs, multiple versions of the same computer program, or a particular computer program patched to one of several service pack levels.

"Proper software installation is an important aspect of a secure computing environment," said Christopher Bolin, chief technology officer of McAfee, in a prepared statement.