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Slow Virus Defs Update - Change Options In Next Release?

I have read many of the posts on this board and elsewhere about the problem of computers slowing during McAfee virus def updates. I have the same problem, and it is indeed frustrating to open up your laptop when you get to a hotel and have it instantly slow to a crawl. This download invariably seems to happen when I am in the middle of an afternoon project too. (2 GHz Pentium, 1.5 GB memory, XP Pro SP3, but happens on other family machines too.)

I added extra memory and have now also just set the system to download and notify, but not install. That way I can do the update when I am done for the day, a good temporary fix. This leads to the question, might it be possible for these update installs to be scheduled during the overnight just like how some of us have our computer scan scheduled? Perhaps some sort of resources monitor could watch for when I have stepped away. Or, maybe just a less invasive means of doing the update to begin with?
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RE: Slow Virus Defs Update - Change Options In Next Release?

The performance issues should just be fixed imho.

RE: Slow Virus Defs Update - Change Options In Next Release?

Set your updater to notify you when they are ready to download, that way you can pick a less busy time to do the updates. Unfortunately as malware gets more complicated so do the updates.

Double-click the taskbar icon to open Security Center
Click Advanced Menu (bottom left)
Click Configure (left)
With Security Center highlighted at top left click Advanced at the right side
You can alter your Alert Options and Update Options on the left.

We have asked for a scheduled update option plus various other options but to no avail, thus far at least. We will keep plugging it however.
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