First symptom, I started getting warnings from MS Outlook that a program is trying to access email addresses in Outlook. This first happened quite a while ago so I do not recall what changed just before this symptom started.
Research in MS Office revealed that (given my Outlook Trust Center settings) This message is displayed when a program attempts programmatic access to Outlook datastores and Outlook detectes that no antivirus program is present. In fact, Outlook>File>Options>Trust Center>Trust Center Settings>Programmatic Access reveals a message that this system has Windows Antivirus Detection (WAD) and that no antivirus program was found. I am running Macafee Antivirus Plus, which states that my system is secure, there are no uninstalled updates, and my subscription has another 18 months to run.
In order to research why WAD does not detect Macafee Antivirus Plus, I loaded Macafee Virtual Technician (MVT), which eventually stated that there was one incorrect registry entry and that a .dat file was out of date. I directed MVT to fix the problem(s) which it did. Outlook's Programmatic Access message changed to Antivirus Status: Valid. The annoying warning message stopped.
The next day, the annoying message was back again and Outlook's Programmatic Access message was back to saying that WAD is available but does not detect a valid antivirus program. I ran MVT which stated "no problems found" however Outlook's Programmatic Access message is changed back to Antivirus Status: Valid and the annoying warning has stopped. Later that afternoon, I rebooted Windows after which the annoying message reappeared. Programmatic Access message was back to WAD available but no Antivirus. Ran MVT, no problem found but now Programmatic Access message says "valid"
At this point, any reboot sets the antivirus status to invalid and any run of MVT finds no problem but corrects the symptom.
I would really like to correct this problem in a way that would survive a reboot. I am not certain but I believe that the problem does not require a reboot to occur, just closing and reopening outlook.
My copies of Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Office have both lost their profiles. Neither remembers the options I use with them, and Office claims to be unregistered and in need of registration. The olny significant change I have made since they were working was installation and execution of Mcafee Virtual Technician, I am wondering whether MVT has damaged my registry
I am running:
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 with service pack 1
Microsoft Office Professional 2010 14.0.6112.5000 32 bit
McAfee Security Center 11.0.623
Mcafee VirusScan 15.0.294 with DAT version 6582
McAfee Personal Firewall 12.0.345
McAfee quickclean and shredder 11.0.393