When I power on my computer, mcshield takes all cpu and 55 Mbytes of memory for about 15 minutes. This is totally unacceptable on both counts. I ran a full system scan a few days ago. I uninstalled Spybot months ago, to try to appease McAfee.
The mcshield.exe process will not allow me to kill it through task manager as an administrator. Can you say 'bad actor?' Get real.
I'm fed up with 'protection software' that is as bad as a virus.
This has been happening since around the beginning of January, 2012.
I'm looking for someone to convince me I don't have to find a different product, as I don't want to spend time and money on uninstall and reinstall.
Expletive withheld due to self-restraint by author.
OS Name Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium
Version 6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name OWNER-PC
System Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
System Model Compaq Presario C700 Notebook PC
System Type X86-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T2330 @ 1.60GHz, 1600 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Hewlett-Packard F.24, 1/24/2008
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.0.6002.18005"
User Name Owner-PC\Owner
Time Zone Eastern Standard Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 2.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 1.99 GB
Available Physical Memory 912 MB
Total Virtual Memory 3.93 GB
Available Virtual Memory 2.29 GB
Page File Space 2.00 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
Your using Windows Vista and it's known to drain PC resources. Anyways, can you please post the resource monitor when mcshield was taking up all the CPU resources?
Two quick notes : first, your processor is 1.6GHz, which is a bit on the slow side for intensive real-time processing (which is what mcshield is doing). If you can get a compatible upgrade, that would help. And second, mcshield is checking files being accessed by other programs, so look to see what programs and services are running during the start-up process and keep those down to the minimum.
I use XP Pro and solved the problem of mschield excessive cpu usage is by changing the system properties, Performance Options as follows:
Adjust for best performance of
Processor scheduling : programs
Memory usage: System Cache