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SuperAntiSpyware is not supported in beta format which is what you have, McAfee has a policy of not supporting issues with any beta software. The current version is 4.40.1002 and it would have to be the free version with no active protection turned on as that may interefere with McAfee. As you mention autoupdates I suspect it's the retail version that you have.
I use SpywareBlaster with autoupdates and real time protection turned on with no issues that I know of.
Instead of SAS why don't you keep an updated version of free Malwarebytes installed for emergencies? http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php or at least turn off any active protection you have in SAS?
The so-called Smart features of McAfee 2010 are being revamped, we hope, as the 10 + 10 minute delay-if-any-CPU-usage-detected rule isn't working properly from what everyone says with both autoupdates and autoscans. So that matter is in hand. Date of resolution is unknown at this time.
I'm not too sure exactly what your problems are as you don't spell them out so am having to read between the lines so to speak.
Before reading other people's observations re McAfee 2010's current "hiccups" I was concerned that perhaps viruses or such like could be creating the problems I was having.
- not being able to set automatic scans
- having to reinstall McAfee
- not receiving automatic updates
I expect I am looking for reassurance from more experienced people that I am not being lax and sitting in a "false sense of security" and I should be looking further into the matter.
The SAS version I am running is the retail version
- I was running 4.40.1002 with which I had a problem on this new machine (not being able to complete a scan in normal mode)
- I was advised to "update" to the pre release v4.41.1000 by a more experienced member of the SAS forum
- I am no longer having the problems I was having with this new version.
Now I am in a quandry ... between SAS and your suggestion of malwarebytes ...
Your comment that " McAfee has a policy of not supporting issues with any beta software" has gone over my head rather ... sorry
Does this mean the two programmes interfere with each other?
I read, and have acted, on the suggestion that one should not browse etc. using the administrator account.
Is it possible to have SAS running with one account and malwarebytes running with the other account? ... that would be one way of sorting out my above mentioned quandry if it worked!
Your time and advice is much appreciated.
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Just don't have active protection turned on on SAS and I see no reason why everything can't run on the one account. They all have to be installed using an Admin level account anyway.
By "not supporting beta" I was including any pre-release versions - in case there are problems McAfee would deny all responsibility.
The problems with scans and updates is no doubt this flawed "Smart" system that was intro'd with the 2010 software so I wouldn't worry.
That policy of not using an Admin-level account is good but if you aren't in the habit of surfing dangerously or downlading anything without checking first what then it really doesn't matter so much.
Just to be sure about malware I would run the free version of Malwarebytes in any case. Make sure you update it first.
Thank you so much.