Is Vista totally up to date, SP2, IE9 etc.? I mention IE9 because the McAfee interface relies on IE but it doesn't have to be your default browser.
Slow startup can be due to a number of things and probably the best people to troubleshoot that would be Technical Support, it's free of charge and available by phone or online chat.
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Thank you Ex-Brit. The only "important" update not loaded yet is Net. Framework 4. 5.1, other than that I'm up to date. And yep, IE is 9.
I'll try and get some help via chat initially I think , cheers.
That shouldn't be an issue as I doubt the software uses it anyway, but I can't be sure. Good luck with support then ;-)
I've got the same issue with the pixellated MCShield sprite in the task tray. It takes several minutes for it to "warm up", and for some reason if it's disrupted by another process the Action Center won't acknowledge McAfee. Typically I'll just step out, let my thing revv up, and get a cup of coffee while I'm out. If anything, it might be connected to a number of startup tasks also slowing down its response.
FYI, this is with .NET 4.5 and IE11 working like charms.
It shouldn't be the case. Technical Support should help with this.
Thanks conductorwho. Do you not think though that while McAfee "warms up" or while the Action Center waits to acknowledge, your pc is vulnerable? Certainly, in my case, I am not comfortable watching my Vista Security showing red "not protected" messages while my Antivirus Plus panel says all is well and Network Connection blue light shows internet traffic.
I've discovered I can set the AVP to stop internet connection on Start-up so I've applied that while I wait for a chance to get chat help from McAfee. There were four people before me last night and I didn't have time to wait.
But Ex Brit and conductorwho, thanks for your feedback.