Today I received a major McAfee SecurityCenter patch which changed my splash screen. I also noticed that the Windows Location Activity icon is now present in my system tray with the message "Your location has recently been accessed."
I checked under my Windows Privacy app > Location and Location tracking is currently disabled. I then checked my event viewer and saw several new log entries.
Below is logged by "Location Activity" under "Information"
"A program accessed information from a location sensor or default location
FriendlyName=McAfee CSP Service Host;
ImagePath=C:\Program Files\Common Files\McAfee\CSP\1.6.1008.0\McCSPServiceHost.exe;
Interestingly, there's also error messages with the exact times coinciding with the above log entry as shown below.
Below is logged by "Kernel-PnP" under "Warning".
"The driver \Driver\WudfRd failed to load for the device SWD\SensorsAndLocationEnum\LPSensorSWDevice."
These log entries appeared right after McAfee's patch today. They will appear every time I reboot the computer.
My system specs:
Alienware x51 R2
Windows 8.1 Pro all latest updates applied
Core i7-4770 @3.40GHz
8 GB memory
1 TB hard disk space
McAfee Antivirus & Antispyware
Engine version: 2361.0
McAfee Personal Firewall
McAfee Parental Controls
McAfee QuickClean & Shredder
McAfee Vulnerability Scanner
All McAfee products updated on September 1, 2015.
The Windows Location Activity icon will now always appear after McAfee loads on every bootup, which leads me to suspect McAfee now is trying access my location now every time it boots. McAfee now behaves like a spyware? Not to mention the annoying appearance and prompting of Location Activity in my system tray.
Also, another unrelated problem I noticed much earlier than the current issue is that since about a month ago, McAfee Scan is now hogging much much more resources to run a full system scan than normal. When I run a full scan, my McAfee UI will sometimes become sluggish to the point of prompting a "stopped working" error with 100% disk usage. When the UI hangs, the scanner is still running behind the scenes, just that I could not really keep track of the scan progress. Sometimes I get a pop up warning about McAfee is running a script that is slowing down my PC and asking me if I want to continue letting the script run or not. With a powerful system spec like mine, I really cannot fathom an antivirus taking up so much PC resources that it is mind-boggling.
Any McAfee techs, please help out. I've provided a lot of information I can come up with so you tech guys can try to fix these issues. I am sure I am not the only one with these problems.