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vso_dat won't stop downloading

It's been happening for the last few days so I have had to disable the automatic download option to force it to cease. It seems stuck in a loop and chews up an enormous amount of CPU to the point where not much else will run along with it. I have tried just letting it run alone but it does not seem to ever reach 100%, just goes back to 0% and restarts the download again & again & again .....

How can I rectify this issue? It just started happening without any cause (that I can think of), I cant recall changing anything, and I certainly did not change anything in Mcafee. All was well before this with the automatic downloads/updates for Mcafee happening regularly.



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Re: vso_dat won't stop downloading

Hi deecee,

I came across the same issue today on two of the computers.

There is a small work around you can do to fix this.

Its not really a resolution but this actually fixed on both the computers.

Step 1 : Restart the computer

Step 2 : Click START - > RUN -> CMD  { Windows XP } or

            Click START - > Start Search -> CMD  { Windows Vista / 7 }

Step 3 : In the Black DOS Prompt window type :

             ping -t

Press the ENTER button,

you will see the replay from line with an IP address looping..

Step 4 : Check if McAfee is downloading the VSO file..

             If Not

             Update McAfee by right clicking the M icon ->  Check for Updates

Step 4 : Wait till the Animated Icon Stops downloading the updates and disappears  ( Might take sometime depending on the internet connection speed )

Step 5 : Restart the computer and check if McAfee is still downloading updates

Thank you


Mahesh CJ

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Re: vso_dat won't stop downloading

Hi Mahesh CJ,

I followed your work around and this seems to have stopped the continuous downloading. I will come back and post again if it has not.

Many thanks to you for taking the time to reply.



Re: vso_dat won't stop downloading

Hello deecee,

Good to know it worked,

Please do revert back if the issue persisted.

And I would also suggest you to have a check on the stability of your Internet connection by contacting your ISP.

Else you might face this problem again.

Thank you,,

Mahesh CJ