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Windows 7: How to Stop McAfee from scanning USB-Drives?

09 Apr 2016   #1
Aunoni

Windows 7 - 64 bit OS Home Premium
 
 
How to Stop McAfee from scanning USB-Drives?

Ok i just wanna start off to say i feel like it's an invasion of privacy.Whats on my computer and what goes on on my USB drives are 2 totally different ball-games. The story is this. I make trainers for games. No not Cheat trainers for online games but games like Plants Vs Zombies and Sims 3. I store these trainers on a special drive but Apparently McAfee likes to snoop around and take things off of my drive. This angers me greatly. I feel like it's an insult to my work and it's stealing from me as well. is there a way to prevent Mcafee from accessing my USB-Drives?


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09 Apr 2016   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Uninstall Mcafee I had idea anyone still used it
http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?id=TS101331

Then save your money for something worth spending it on with mbam premium
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

To replace Mcafee use MSE or free Panda it also offers to scan usb's but is easily turned off if you wish too
http://www.pandasecurity.com/usa/hom...ree-antivirus/
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09 Apr 2016   #3
Sky Ranch

Windows 7 Home 64-bit
 
 

Depending on the McAfee product, there should be an option that can be enabled where it ask the user whether to scan removal media such as USB drives when it's connected to your PC. Most security suites on the market offer this functionality in their product.
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09 Apr 2016   #4
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

That's not an invasion to privacy, that's the intended function of a real-time antivirus, to scan each and every file you ever touch for viruses, without you noticing that. Furthermore, when it finds something it believes to be a virus the normal way of action is to show something really flashy to the user and either block the file access or quarantine without questioning.

It's not an "invasion", the antivirus is giving you exactly what it promises, and real-time scanning is specifically designed to be as invasive as possible (it hooks the system at critical points in the file system management). Particularly this case, the so-called "trainers" are programs meant to mess with the internal of other programs, so it's not completely unreasonable for them to be flagged. Of course since you made them, you know there's nothing bad with them and all its effects are wanted, so you can just ignore the antivirus' cry for this time.

In addition to Sky Ranch answer of disabling scaning of USBs, you can also add that particular drive as an exception, so it just ignores that particular pendrive, or set its detection action as "ask" or something similar, so it doesn't autodeletes, but instead asks you what to do, giving the chance of add an exception for your file.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Aunoni View Post
Whats on my computer and what goes on on my USB drives are 2 totally different ball-games.
There is no practical difference between "your computer" and "USB disks", they're all the same when it comes to file access, and in fact it's a very reasonable move to aggresively scan them, as they're a known attack vector. The thing is, no matter if a file resides in the hard disk or on a removable drive it will be considered suspect until scanned.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Aunoni View Post
I feel like it's an insult to my work and it's stealing from me as well.
Welcome to the world of antiviruses! That's exactly what those nasties do, they are intrusive by design, and some types of software seems to anger them the most. Of course nothing personal with you, they just don't know or care if files are "your work" or something else. They just compare them with a poorly made database and if there is a match they cry, that's all. Exceptions help greatly here.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Aunoni View Post
The story is this. I make trainers for games. No not Cheat trainers for online games but games like Plants Vs Zombies and Sims 3.
Ok, just cheating local games with yourself
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