Hi, Tracy -- As I noted at the start of this thread, I'm not the most computer savvy person....so feel free to correct me as we go if I need it. I assume that "allowing McAfee to take up more system resources" means what happens when the CPU Usage numbers go up? If I'm correct in that, I really prefer that those numbers stay at 50% or lower, which they are, even if it takes longer to complete the scan. But it's a big jump from the 20-30 minutes a full scan was taking to over an hour and a half, and that's only since this big new update.
I don't use Cloud at all; everything is on my computer's hard drive, then, I guess?
I'd like the idea of not having to do the On Demand scans, but then you end up with the red bar and "Your computer is at risk!" after a time if you haven't scanned.
I appreciate the information I'm getting -- the more I learn, the more I know!
Have a good weekend.
McAfee using the cloud as it scans you do not need to do anything bar have the PC online. Not having it online still allows scanning but not as safe as being online.
Peacekeeper -- Keeping in mind my original warning of my un-savvyness (smile).....when you say "have the PC online", does that mean my browser has to be open or just that my ethernet wire should be connected? I'm on cable broadband (ethernet wire, not WiFi). I do my manual scans with the wire connected, but without the browser open (same as when checking for daily updates, which I also do manually). Thank you again.
I noticed my full scan yesterday stayed at 1% for a long time as well even though it was obviously scanning files. It eventually finished normally but I can't say if it was longer than the previous one (typically monthly manual.) I now feel more comfortable with the cloud explanation. I was a bit worried at first.
As I said they are aware of the issue and problem in fixing time taken will cause cpu spikes especially on lower spec machines so they cannot win. Best we wait and see what they come up with. though....
When scanning via full cpu om my PC (2 year old I74790K ) Cloud AV is 9% to 2% and McAfee scanner service 3-1% so really low cpu usage for me. 28% memory