Moving thread to Virus Scan Enterprise for assistance as this was posted in Home Products
If you stop the On-Access Scanner in the Mcafee Console, it would normaly stay stopped. But if you have a managed installation, this will be overridden in most cases. If that is the case, then you need to contact your system administrator.
Thanks, but what I need to do is temporarily turn off the entire suite to free up the substantial amount of memory that it uses. By the way, I AM the system administrator! I can re-boot if I have to; is there a simple switch/procedure that I can use to NOT start up MacAfee at boot time? [Otherwise, I'm probably going to have to boot up using Win XP's /3GB option (sketchy!) in order to give my applications more memory.]
Thanks for your help,
No a complete turn-off is not possible (if you don't want to tinker with special permissions on services).
But if you disable the On-Access Scanner, then the most ressource hungry service is turned off.
I used the /3GB switch for years, but rarely felt any difference. If you really need more memory, then better switch to a 64bit OS which offers this possibility.
Thanks for your helpful thoughts. Unfortunately, disabling "Access Protection", Buffer Overflow Protection" and "On-Access Scanner" does not remove mcshield.exe from memory. However, I discovered last night that killing every process that I could identify (including as many McAfee processes as I could find) DID allow me to run my two big programs simultaneously. (I was careful not to sneeze, lest it cause them to crash!) Unfortunately, I also discovered that the /3GB switch doesn't appear to run on Win XP under Parallels Desktop for Mac 6 (on Mac OS X 10.6.8/MacBook Pro 5.3), which is where I'm trying this experiment. (Perhaps Parallels requires too much of the remaining 1 GB. But the /3GB does run on my desktop machine; maybe I'll switch to that box.) I suspect that, indeed, 64 bit Windows is in my near future. I've just been a bit too lazy to rebuild my entire machine and solve whatever problems come with 64 bits. Ah, well...
Thanks again for your help, and Happy New Year!