Ok here is a head scratcher, and it is driving me batty.
I just Built a Brand New Computer Based off the New Z77 Platform. Now When I installed McAfee Total Protection it updated to the Version 11.6, Cool right? Umm, not really I have a intersting issue which is really a PITA.
Every now and again certain programs won't respond, you try to click a button - Nothing. The Programs will open, but you can't do much.
Now when this happens there is a quirk that I caught (and yes it works to get things moving again) - If I move the Cursor around on the bottom of the Screen over on the right side it changes to a "Grabby Hand" one a little Higher than the Other - Now if I click on the upper "Grabby Hand" it opens IE and takes me right to the Hackerwatch site in an area for feedback,,, If I click the Bottom "Grabby Hand" every thing just starts working again.
Now here is what is driving me nuts - You can't see what is there, Actually I found the "grabby Hands" by accident. If I look in Task Manager when it happens nothing shows up in the applications as running, yet something is hence the "grabby hands". Now it is fairly clear that this "ghost" is tied to the Hackerwatch Module that is installed into - PROGRAM FILES > COMMON FILES > MCAFEE > HACKERWATCH .. This is fairly clear because one "Grabby Hand" sends you to Hackerwatch.
I have already Done a Reformat of the Hard Drives and a clean install of everything. When I did this I played around for a bit with JUST WINDOWS and Mcafee Total Protection 2012 installed the Issue was still there. So as I said I am Fairly sure that this is an Issue tied to the Hackerwatch Module.
I have tried to Remove the Hackerwatch Module - No Luck keeps telling me that I can't. I have Removed Mcafee and run around a bit without it and the problem was gone, put Mcafee back in Problem comes back.
Now I didn't have the Problem on the 26th of July, However two things about then - (A) It was an Early Build of McAfee Total Protection 2012 <and> (B) The Computer Platform Was based off of the X-58 Chipset.. The Issue Only Showed up on Friday the 27th AFTER McAfee Total Protection Updated around Midnight going into Saturday.
So Here are the things Folks Need to Know -
McAfee Security Center - Version 11.6 Build 11.6.382
McAfee VirusScan - Version 15.6 Build 15.6.225 DAT version 6787
McAfee Personal Firewall - Version 12.6 Build 12.6.172
McAfee Anti-Spam - Version 12.6 Build 12.6.135 Content Version 4294 Engine Version 188.8.131.521
McAfee QuickClean and Shredder - Version 11.6 Build 11.6.157
Last Update For all Was 7/29/2012
Now Seeing as this might (and I stress Might) be an Issue between McAfee and Newer Hardware here are the Specs for our Computer -
Evga Z77 FTW MoBo
Intel 3rd Gen Core I7 3770K CPU
4 x 8Gb 1600MHz Value Ram
2 Western Digital 320Gb Hard Drives In a RAID 0
Creative X-FI PCIe Sound Card
9600 GSO PCIe Video Card
WIN 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
Windows and all Drivers are fully updated.
It is an Odd issue and intermittant. And it is an Issue I have never seen.
Is there a way to get rid of the Hackerwatch Module? If So I would love to know.