We are going to discuss the 'rootkit scan' issue on our next Conference Call with McAfee staff. That isn't until the 9th September. Technical Support would be the best people to ask about the other issue.
I got an answer from development already:
We are still performing rootkit scan, this is the same text that has always appeared when we did rootkit scans before, it’s just that the user sees it more frequently now.
"The reason for frequent appears of this test is that rootkit scanning can take some time. Without updating the UI that we are still scanning for rootkits (in between finishing file and registry scans) it appears to the user as though the scan has hung. The change to make this test more visible was made in 12.8 in response to a bug in which someone thought it was taking 10+ minutes to scan a small files."
All it needs is a simple modification to the program. Presumably when the scan moves to checking for rootkits there's a line of text that the program displays in the UI ("Scanning : Rootkits"). So, change it to something less alarming, like "Check for rootkits".
It's basically a usability issue. Perhaps it should have been noticed in beta testing .
You might want to respond to the comment in the agenda for our next call then - I agree the wording could be better.