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mcshield process drains cpu

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

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Level 7

Re: mcshield process drains cpu

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?


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Level 18

Re: mcshield process drains cpu

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.

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Level 7

Re: mcshield process drains cpu

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

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