3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 14, 2012 6:15 AM by dougf

    mcshield process drains cpu

      When I power on my computer, mcshield takes all cpu and 55 Mbytes of memory for about 15 minutes.  This is totally unacceptable on both counts.  I ran a full system scan a few days ago.  I uninstalled Spybot months ago, to try to appease McAfee.


      The mcshield.exe process will not allow me to kill it through task manager as an administrator.   Can you say 'bad actor?'  Get real.


      I'm fed up with 'protection software' that is as bad as a virus.


      This has been happening since around the beginning of January, 2012.


      I'm looking for someone to convince me I don't have to find a different product, as I don't want to spend time and money on uninstall and reinstall.


      Expletive withheld due to self-restraint by author.


      OS Name     Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium

      Version     6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002

      Other OS Description      Not Available


      OS Manufacturer     Microsoft Corporation

      System Name     OWNER-PC

      System Manufacturer     Hewlett-Packard

      System Model     Compaq Presario C700 Notebook PC

      System Type     X86-based PC

      Processor     Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual  CPU  T2330  @ 1.60GHz, 1600 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)

      BIOS Version/Date     Hewlett-Packard F.24, 1/24/2008

      SMBIOS Version     2.4

      Windows Directory     C:\Windows

      System Directory     C:\Windows\system32

      Boot Device     \Device\HarddiskVolume1

      Locale     United States

      Hardware Abstraction Layer     Version = "6.0.6002.18005"

      User Name     Owner-PC\Owner

      Time Zone     Eastern Standard Time

      Installed Physical Memory (RAM)     2.00 GB

      Total Physical Memory     1.99 GB

      Available Physical Memory     912 MB

      Total Virtual Memory     3.93 GB

      Available Virtual Memory     2.29 GB

      Page File Space     2.00 GB

      Page File     C:\pagefile.sys

        • 1. Re: mcshield process drains cpu

          Your using Windows Vista and it's known to drain PC resources. Anyways, can you please post the resource monitor when mcshield was taking up all the CPU resources?



          • 2. Re: mcshield process drains cpu

            Two quick notes : first, your processor is 1.6GHz, which is a bit on the slow side for intensive real-time processing (which is what mcshield is doing). If you can get a compatible upgrade, that would help. And second, mcshield is checking files being accessed by other programs, so look to see what programs and services are running during the start-up process and keep those down to the minimum.

            • 3. Re: mcshield process drains cpu

              I use XP Pro and solved the problem of mschield excessive cpu usage is by changing the system properties, Performance Options as follows:

              Adjust for best performance of

              Processor scheduling : programs

              Memory usage: System Cache