AntiVirus 2009 used to take 7 hours to scan my hard drive. Internet Security 2010 is only 1/3 done in seven hours and no amount of clicking right or left on the taskbar icon brings up the McAfee control program. For the third week in a row, I have had to pull the plug on my machine to regain control. This is like contracting cancer to cure a virus.
What are the common causes of this kind of failure?
Things that can slow VirusScan down are as follows...
Is the hard drive compressed? Try uncompressing it. That will improve performance all around.
Do you have a great deal of zipped files? McAfee has to unpack all of those first before scanning.
(There is a thought that perhaps those should be skipped in a future version but I doubt it will happen any time soon).
Check the hard drive for errors.
Go to Start/Run cmd.exe (XP), in Vista/Win 7 just enter cmd in the Search box and right-click cmd appearing above and 'Run as Administrator'
In the Command Prompt windows type in chkdsk c: /r with the spaces and alter c: to whatever letter that drive has if applicable.
You may get an error that the volume is in use try at next reboot? Y/N? Type Y and click Enter and reboot.
Let it do its thing - takes quite a long time depending on the size of the drive.
It's good to do that very occasionally anyway as it irons out a lot of kinks especially if the hard drive is getting on in years.
See if that improves matters.
If not I would open a case with Technical Support Chat linked under Useful Links at the top of this page.
A question....do you have any other security software active?Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 12/09/10 9:52:53 EDT AM