Skip to comments.Anyone having problems with McAafee Security Suite? (yet another vanity from Hack)
Posted on 09/03/2006 1:22:08 PM PDT by Hacksaw
I have McAfee security suite. It ran somewhat fine until the latest "upgrade". Now new windows take way to long to to open, and even the boot up process to where I can actually use the computer takes a lot longer. I tried uninstalling everything except the virus scan, and it still runs like a turtle.
From what I read, Mcafee is RAM resident and the newest release must be a huge RAM hog. It gave me the excuse to order the extra 512M of memory - Rambus RDRAM 800 MHz BTW - very expensive but I don't think that should be necessary. Going with cheaper memory would require a different chipset and I don't even want to f**k with that so I bought the Rambus.
I'll console myself with the fact that I won't have to turn everything off to run Doom 3 now.
Anyone else running into this problem with McAfee?
I think I have a mis-spelling in the title, but I havn't had my coffee yet.
Sounds to me like:
"I tied the donkey in front of my Pinto, and I put many carrots before it, but the stubborn thing just will not take me to the mall...."
Dude, get a life, quit wnining, get a real computer, get a Mac!
That's like telling a carpenter to get Bob Villa's new "miracle hammer".
McAfee is a POS. Dump it, and get AVG's security suite. Far less resource intensive.
I've also read that.
How do I get rid of it?
The main problem is - you're using McAfee!
To get rid of McAfee (unlike Norton, which can be all but impossible to remove), merely go to Add/Remove Programs in your Control Panels, and remove everything that says "McAfee".
I had to dump McAfee stuff years ago because of how intrusive, slow, and buggy it was. Some of my older PC's became essentially non-functional with it installed because they didn't have anywehre near the resources and throughput needed to run McAfee AND Windows at the same time. :o)
You got that right. You may have posted info about AVG (someone did) and, on that advice, I removed McAfee and installed AVG a month or two ago and I haven't looked back since.
Can't beat the price either.
McAfee is very well known to the hackers & virus types and they go right past it while you're tearing out your hair trying to get it to let you into a benign web-site.
And McAfee is so bloody slow to respond to new threats and techniques, it's not even funny.
Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security are just as bad if not worse in some ways.
The thing is that it wasn't that bad until this latest release. I think they are adopting the MS approach and using customers for the beta testers.
Well, you might consider trying these freebies:
Free avast! 4 Home Edition
Get free anti-virus and anti-spyware
I've used both at different times on the home machines, and they are darn good.
Correct. The latest version of McAfree has slowed my PC to a crawl. I'm getting mighty annoyed.
I run both Symantec and AVG on other computers. I've found that if you're running just the realtime scan all of these products function more or less satisfactorily but their add-ons get a little messy. You may want to dump the Suite.
The software may only be a symptom, too - one of the first signs that the hard drive was failing on the laptop I'm typing this on was that scheduled scans started to take a loooong time. Had a failed server RAID controller show the same thing one time.
Ugh. Good luck.
I've had McAfee and dumped it too! I have been running Norton for the past year and a half with no problems. It just stinks that in October I've got to pay them another 40 or so bucks to renew for another 12 months.
I use McAfee and ZoneAlarm (security suite) on different computers. I'm ready to dump McAfee. Anybody had experience with ZoneAlarm? It's on a computer that I don't tie into the internet very much.
I quit with the most recent version, as it asked me to delete all my adware and spyware removers. I'm sticking with AVG free antivirus and ZoneAlarm free firewall.
ZoneAlarm is also a POS.
Didn't pay dime for any of them and they work great. For firewall protection, I rely on the standard Windows XP firewall along with my broadband router's firewall. I travel a lot and have to get on hotel networks and such, so I'm looking at using either Kerio Firewall or Checkpoint Zone Alarm for better protection when I'm on the road.
I've had to remove a lot of the commercial security suites from my own computers and those of my relatives who rely on me for computer support because they mess of the systems and make them operate very slowly. I just bought two notebook computers and had to remove the default installed commercial apps because they slowed things down too much. Same goes for a notebook my father-in-law purchased. He had one of the security suites and it basically rendered his notebook unusable.
The commercial security apps are expensive, require annual subscriptions but bog down your system while not offering hardly any better protection than the free stuff.
The controls associated with its features are crappy. You can turn something off, but it turns itself on.
I intend to dump it in favor of something written by competent people.
HEAR HEAR!!!!!!!avg is great....Mcafee let 3,000 viruses on my friends computer and NEVER let her know about it..BOY,WAS SHE PISSED!!!!!!!
I had Norton for years. It ran fine. I got tired of paying for it and went to AVG. To get rid of Norton before installing AVG, I did the Control Panel uninstall, and then I Googled instructions [from Norton] to remove the remnants of Norton. Then I installed AVG. It's wonderful and free.
I dumped McAfee a couple of years ago, because it got to be glutware. Even on a relatively fast Pentium, it caused the system to run sluggish.
I tried Trend Micro on a new system, Pentium IV, 3.06ghz, and it got to be glutware and slowed the system to a crawl.
Now, I just run the free home AVG with the free Zonealarm Firewall, and occasionally run the free Ad-Aware. My system is back at the speed it should have.
Thanks for this info. I'll keep it until the next time I have computer problems (soon, no doubt)!
I use Kerio's free firewall. I had Zone Alarm, and it protected well, but there were constant updates, and they seemed to be more bloated each time. I got tired of it.
As an aside, it's too bad I simply can't add memory to my own brain like a PC.
Also, I think we should get a 3rd set of teeth when we turn 40.
Yeah, I know, I should never respond to these cult trolls, but since I have one of my site admins open, and have the facts, why not?
Beg enough people and someday you will be running a system other people use, or have heard of, and your lonliness will be over.
Here are the stats from one site for this month, to Date:
109366 14050 Windows
93110 11718 Windows XP
11373 1731 Windows 2000
1929 244 Windows 98
1953 168 Windows ME
529 110 Windows NT
173 32 Unknown Windows
99 27 Windows 95
182 19 Windows Server 2003
18 1 Windows CE
2 11050 5100 OS unknown
3 1789 189 Macintosh
4 288 174 Unix
273 171 Linux
4 2 BSD
11 1 SunOS
5 20 2 WebTV
So, everyone, PLEASE HELP! PLEASE save obscure OS's, and Help The Lonely!!
Get a Mac!!!
You can bring it home. In your Studebaker.
Since I don't have anything to do until 8:00 tonight, I uninstalled MCAAfee and put AVG on - night and day difference.
Don't call Dell. Aside from wanting to beat your head against the wall after dealing with them, they will just tell you to reformat your hard drive.
I would also recommend Web root Spy Sweeper.
Or go with CA's Internet Security Suite. Computer Associates makes a decent product.
McAfee is as bad as a virus.
Dell's Community Forum is very good, much better than their tech support, from India I might add! They can barely speak English and you can hear them leafing through manuals! LOL!
Had the same thing happen with the latest upgrade. Now it's history. Pain in the butt to remove it though.
It really is quite a good program and I don't have anywhere near the headaches that I got from McAfee.
What do the numbers columns mean? (Sorry for being so dense!)
I have had this computer on line almost contently for a year and have only had maybe six spy-ware make it through and two viruses that did no harm and were promptly eliminated.
Ping for link.
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