With version 12.8.934 being rolled out about a week ago I now have an OLD problem that I'm sure Brit and other McAfee folks probably thought had long died.
Like many, I don't want a link to McAfee Security Center either on my desktop or in my start menu. But an entry in my "Programs" start menu (folder "McAfee" with link file inside it "McAfee SecurityCenter") CAN NOT be deleted permanently. It keeps coming back.
There is nothing in the McAfee program, per se, (settings) to give you any control over if you have a start menu entry or not.
Deleting the folder and file in Windows Explorer is fruitless -- a new folder and file is regenerated (if not right away then at a new startup of your pc or with a new McAfee update installation).
What USED to work (turning off access protection within McAfee and deleting the "Shortcuts" key (with all it's values) in the registry while running Registry Editor as an administrator, then turning access control back on) now doesn't. The folder and file are still regenerated -- EVEN THOUGH A CHECK OF THE REGISTRY SHOWS THAT THE SHORTCUTS KEY IS STILL DELETED!
(I read somewhere on the McAfee site that a new Shortcuts key needed to be imported back into the registry as a possible solution to the problem. I downloaded the registry file to do that. It imports only the basic key with no values. But the values are generated shortly thereafter. Now with that new key and values I went through the drill again of eliminating them. Again, the start menu entries are still regenerated but the registry key and values are still gone!)
I will post more about all this as I keep experimenting and possibly learn more. Bur right now I'm wondering -- has anyone else discovered this old problem again with this most recent update?
I have downloaded the McAfee ICON Display Tool and will likely try that, although I read much online that it probably won't work. I also may resort to the old trick of naming a text file "McAfee", removing the file extension ".txt", giving the file the attribute "hidden", and placing it in my Programs folder (will hopefully prevent McAfee from generating it's own file -- worked once but will it again?).
(My actual problem is sort of a variation of the basic problem -- I don't mind the entry in my start menu, but the problem for me is that the positioning of the entry is not logically where it should be. The new entry appears not with the other folders but at the bottom of the individual files. And when I drag the folder up to put it in it's alphabetically correct positioning with the other folders it MOVES BACK DOWN eventually, probably, again, with pc restarts and new update installations. So if THAT is gong to happen I need to find a way to stop McAfee from controlling it all by just eliminating the whole entry.)
This problem generated much angst on it's last go round, frustrating many. Has it hit others again? Or is it just me?