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I'm certainly no expert, just a user, but have you thought of disabling McAfee to see if that makes a difference?
Seems like when I disable the firewall, it loads like it should. Of course that kind of defeats the purpose of having the SecurityCenter in the first place. wink I've tried setting internet explorer to have Full Access or outbound only access but it doesn't seem to matter...it's still slow as heck whenever it loads.
Are you running two firewalls by any chance? Or any other software that protects?
Also make sure that Internet Explorer's Content Advisor is not turned on under Tools/Internet Options/Content.
Try clearing Internet Explorers cache, temporary files etc.
Try disabling any Internet Explorer add-ons one by one to see if that helps.
The only other software program I have is Webroot Spysweeper. I previously had Mcaffee installed but the subscription ran out before I got to renew it, so I purchased the latest version again. I made sure the previous one was fully uninstalled though, and didn't have any browser loading issues with it until I installed SecurityCenter.
Content Advisor is not turned on. Cache was cleared and the only add-on I have (Google Toolbar) was disabled. Nothing helped. This only started right after I installed SecurityCenter and that's the only thing that has been installed on the computer lately.
Like I mentioned previously, disabling the firewall makes it run normally.
Google toolbar shouldn't cause slow-downs, but I am surprised when you say that is the only add-on. How do you surf without Java , Adobe Shockwave and Flash? I'm assuming you do in fact have those.
Anyway, you say that disabling the firewall cures it, so let's make sure that firewall settings are OK.
Double-click the taskbar icon to open Security Center
Click Advanced Menu (bottom left)
Click Configure (left)
Click Internet & Network (top left)
Click Advanced (right)
Make sure the protection level is set to automatic or at the most Standard. Anything tighter will cause slow-downs anyway.
Go to System Service (left) and make sure that at least Common System Ports is checked, if not then check it and click Apply/OK.
Go to Program Permissions (left) and make sure in the right hand pane that Internet Explorer has Full Access, if it hasn't then click "Allow Access" (below-right) and click Apply/OK.
While you are in there make sure that all McAfee Services are allowed full access too.
Just to be doubly sure check out Windows Firewall and make sure it's disabled.
Sorry! When you said add-ons, for some reason I was thinking toolbars and things like that. I do have Flash and Java. All the McAfee programs have full access too. I went in and gave IE full access. As a side note, I noticed all the Java plugins had outbound only access. Would that be a problem?
Windows Firewall is off too.
In mine they have full access. Try that and see if it makes a difference. Other than that I can't think what else to suggest other than perhaps try (assuming IE7) clicking the reset button on the advanced tab and reopening IE to see if that helps.
Tools/Internet Options/Advanced - Reset, then click Apply/OK. Exit and then reopen IE.
Re-enable all add-ons.
Tried that hoping it would work...still no luck I'm afraid :(
I finally had enough of SecurityCenter and slow loading browsers and FTP so disabled the whole Firewall and downloaded ZoneAlarm. Surprise, everything works perfectly now. I don't know what caused the problems but I've used McAfee products for years and this is the first time I've ever had any issues with any of them.
That's strange - I've known VirusScan's processes to slow things down but never the firewall.
Just out of interest have you checked the Event Viewer for around the time you were noticing it, it may have some clues?