Some of our systems have only 256Mb RAM so our policies only scan on write for these. We still pick up virsus (not as affectively as on read but.....) we've also used the microsoft recommended exclusions. These system are now down to 7,000k.
My apologies if I'm ressurecting a dead topic, but this has become a source of a great deal of inconvenience and annoyance for me.
We're using 8.5i Enterprise (Scan Engine Version 5300.2777, DAT version 5448.00). The machine I'm using is a Core 2 Duo Lenovo T61 2GHz with 3GB of RAM.
Mcshield.exe starts by shooting straight up to 99MB of Mem Usage; after that the longer the machine is running the more memory mcshield.exe will take.
When I restarted the computer this afternoon mcshield.exe had a listed Mem Usage of 932,000 K - nearly 1GB. In addition it will cause various applications to grind to a halt while running scans in the background.
My best two guesses are that mcshield is scanning every file and archive in projects as I work on them (I do a lot of java programming in my job) - or that the system has been horribly mis-configured.
The problem is that I have very little control over the system so no real way to troubleshoot what it is doing. I would be very appreciative of any suggestions on how to get McAfee to stop sucking up all of the resources on my machine.
At the moment I'm leaning toward installing Linux so I can work without McAfee getting in the way,and running Windows in VMWare so I can get my email and appointments... :)
We are on engine 5300.2777 running on XP sp3. I't very common to for me to see just over 100 mb of ram usage by mcshield.exe on our network clients. (I'm actually sitting at 113mb right now on my laptop)
I tried turning off some the the protection features but that didn't seem to affect the memory usage at all.
The memory usage actually seems to increase over time. Not sure if thats due to a memory leak or what.