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You can shut off all the services & startup items by going to Start/Run and entering msconfig. Or you can go into Security Center and shut down the one that uses the most resources - VirusScan. But be warned - you aren't being protected in that state.
However, isn't that like the tail wagging the dog? You might as well not have any protection installed at all if you are going to do that. Why not look into adding more RAM?
These products are designed to throttle back anyway when your machine is busy, but if you are looking to not use resources then perhaps you need stand-alone products rather than the sort that are combined within a Security Center of their own.
thank you for your response, and yes, sometiumes i would rather not have any protection.. for instance when i am not connected to the internet or when i am busy running 5+ applications for homework/projects.
i have plenty enough RAM (1 gb) but these processes stil slow down other processes. And if i were to have everything enabled on the Security Center, one process (i believe it was McAgent.exe) took up over 22,000 kb of memory usage, along with the six or seven other processes that McAfee runs! Thats ridiculous!
And yes, i do prefer stand alones and the type, but i just got a new laptop and McAfee came free with it, so i would like to keep the program, just not all the strings that come with it. like i said, i only want protection when i feel its necessary, not 24/7
Those only take up that memory if they are running and most of the time just about everything in Security Center isn't running anyway.
It's your choice of course, go ahead and disable them if you wish.
i wasn't running anything.. i had left my computer just sitting there, not running any programs. yet and still, hogging up memory just sitting there. once again, i don't need constant protection.
Are you clear with how to disable it?