Becasue I live in a rural area, I am on dial up. Being on dial up makes me very aware of what McAfee is downloading: I do not use automatic; I have it prompt me when something is availble and then manually initate it when there will be no other demands on the internet connection. So over the years I can tell the difference between what I assume is just a DAT file (10-30 minutes to download and install) and a program update (hours to download at a max of 8 MB/hour).
So earlier this week there must have been a program download, becasue the download time was very long, and after the download completed the McAfee icon in the system tray said "you must restart" when hovered over.
So I restarted, and ever since I have had problems.
First, on a restart and after logging in it takes a very long time (~5 minutes) before the task bar even draws (ie, no Start button, or clock, or system tray icons, etc. Nothing). Then after waiting for the task bar to finally draw, I can start Task Manager and see that explorer.exe and mfevtps.exe (going from memory...I wrote the name down last night and left it at home) and a couple of other McAfee tasks are taking most of the cpu, say 80 to 100%. And this demand on the cpu never seems to end (I let the computer sit for an hour...no change).
After a bit of time a pop-up comes up from windows (XP Home) and says something like "Windows has recovered from a serious error...., do you want to send". So I aunch the dial-up connection and it gets connected, and then within a few minutes (not immediately usually) I get the BSOD. Unfortunately, I didn't think to take an picture of the BSOD that I could have included here, but it said something like "...IRQL_NOT_EQUAL.." and then did list some driver names (can't remember, but they were.sys). My connection always crashes before the entire error report can be sent to Microsoft. I will try to add the BSOD picture to this thread tomorrow.
Anyway, since I can only keep my internet connection up for at most a minute of two before the BSOD, there is no way to get online help, etc, so I am typing this from work.
I have tried going back to a restore point, but it makes no difference.
Can anyone help? I can post what ever info you ask for, but it may not be all that timely becasue I will either have to do it from work at lunch, or from the local library after work.
Thanks in advance.