This is a new one for me and I'm far from being a novice. Maybe you can help slow my spinning head down.
PC: hp Pavilian dv7 model
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium with all updates installed
Att's Uverse 2wire router with Firewall protection disabled since July 2011
Physical specs: Intel Centrino 2/quad processors - 6Gig RAM - 550Gig Hard Drive C: - 2GHz
Last MS Defender sweep before McAfee install, Februrary 16th @ 3am
Spybot full scan run Februrary 16th @ 5am and disabled by 8am before McAfee install just to be sure.
Windows Firewall disabled before McAfee install too.
Software system requirements for this Att supplied, McAfee sponsored program:
Installed Att's security suite: McAfee VHNT internet security Secuity.
I just got this information FINALLY from Att's tech support so it is more than likely that McAfee has made a security suite tweaked especially for Att customers. Problem is.. Att has no clue how to fix it. I do not doubt that McAfee can help me get rid of any and all precious little pieces left behind (I've already uninstalled and run their something, customer, product removal program so it is unlikely that is anything left of this security software unless the program made some change to my registry that was not restored or removed and I may know a lot about computers but not even I am going to mess with the registry unless I am very sure I know what I'm doing.
Ultimately, getting rid of this software way not be much issue anymore unless, like I said... the registry thing... the problem is, the damage and hold it seems to have left behind after being removed. I still have no access to several programs that McAfee determined were risky and sites that require my loggin info are being banned as well.
Before install: PC running at peak performance
After install and uninstall: Administrator (me) has virtually no control over vital areas of my own computer and browser(s) (Firefox, Google Chrome, or IE).
I disabled all browser plugins from McAfee as well as extensions it had installed, I went in and added my login sites that are legit into my "safe and accepted" security within Windows and the router, and I've verified my administrative controls over programs that McAfee's installation locked me out of. I even recovered my computer to a point before the program was installed and I'm still right where I ended up before McAfee was installed.
Now I realize that there could have been a sparatic chance flying by in the wind that caused this trouble coincidentally when McAfee was installed but my gut tells me that's not likely to be true. I would appreciate any advice possible from you folks that might restore the functionality of my computer. I am working on my master's online. I must have a functioning computer.
At this very moment, My computer is wide open and vulnerable. I hesitate to turn on any form of security until I isolate and resolve this problem just on the off chance that adding or enabling other forms of security will cause more damage.
Thanks for help folks! Don't know what I'd do without your assistance. God knows I do not want to have to format C: and start from scratch.