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Windows 7: McAfee Update (8/9/10) causes win 7 Problems

09 Aug 2010   #1
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
McAfee Update (8/9/10) causes win 7 Problems

I got an update to the security center for McAfee this morning. I would NOT advise putting it in

After the update, it ran fine until I tried to connect to the net, at which point it froze the entire PC repeatedly every time I tried to connect.

Also found the following messages:

The Network List Service service depends on the Network Location Awareness service which failed to start because of the following error:
The dependency service or group failed to start.
Event ID 7001
The McAfee Network Agent service failed to start due to the following error: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.
Event ID 7000
The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:

DCOM got error "1053" attempting to start the service mcmscsvc with arguments "" in order to run the server:
There's too many other errors to list........

Also, it reset all of my security settings to "off".

After doing a system restore, I now find that McAfee security center only presents 1/2 a window. I can't access any of the controls to make sure the settings are back.

Seriously, I am tired of McAfee. What's the matter guys, didn't slam enough PC's when you took out a bunch of XP machines???? Gunning for Vista & Win 7 now?

I'm in the market for a new AV most definately. McAfee can take this useless piece of software & go blow a goat.

NOTE: I am also running MSE on the system....which I trust a hell of a lot more then McAfee. I really wouldn't feel safe without MSE on the system.

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09 Aug 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

You can always switch, but thanks for the heads up though...
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09 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Uninstall McAfee, keep MSE.
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09 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 8 Professional x64

I got tired of the problems I was having with McAfee so awhile back I starting using MSE/Windows Firewall behind a router firewall

imho removing all traces of McAfee from my PC was one of the best decisions I have made
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09 Aug 2010   #5
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10

Yeah...I finally removed it with Revo.

I tried to give it a chance, why I don't know (maybe I was bored or a glutton for punishment????), but I went to the McAfee site & d/l ed new files since their agent was telling me that for some reason several files were missing.

Since I have a subscription until next year, I went ahead & let it take out the files & replace it with a brand new set of files.

All good from then right? Not exactly...

After the reboot not only would McAfee not launch for anything, but it was still causing the PC to freeze once I went online, only about a minute or 2 later.

Trying to uninstall it was no go since it wasn't even listed in any program lists and Revo told me it couldn't do it, even in hunter mode.

Soooo....I had to roll back to when the original corrupted version was on it, & then it showed up.

This is not how you keep customers coming back for your product.....

Oh yes, BTW, it gave me 3 warnings about keeping MSE in the system. Called it an "unstable program"......

I've got Comodo running as the Firewall now....we'll see how that works

What a fun way to spend my day.......
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09 Aug 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

You should have used the removal tool instead of Revo |MG| McAfee Consumer Product Removal Tool Download

Revo is a good product, but it can make things worse, if you're not exactly sure how to use it. I messed up two computers using it
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09 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate

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09 Aug 2010   #8
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10

Actually Corrine & Jacee, that was my 1st plan of action when I reloaded the new files.

Unfortunately, the PC froze within 1 to 2 minutes and the Mcafee installation wasn't even listed on any program file's...anywhere

That left me with the option to roll back to when the old corrupted version was in there & still showing.

It's very odd, whatever this update did, it was enough to mess up the files, even when I used the system restore to go back 2 days, they were still missing.

I've used Revo before & I trust it, especially when it comes to removing leftover registry remnants...I was just thinking to myself, if McAfee messes their own software up that bad, how much can I trust their uninstaller?

Thanx for the links Corrine & Jacee, I was there...several times.

From what the logs showed (and there were a lot of messages), something in the update caused a whole plethora of problems somewhere and it just locked up the entire PC once it connected with the net.
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09 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

All I can say is, I am so glad that McAfee caused a considerably smaller problem when it was on my moms pc (but more widespread as it screwed up our whole network somehow) and had to remove it the day she got it. Looks like it saved me a lot of time. MSE and MalwareBytes should be all you need. My current policy is to remove McAfee entirely the first chance I get. It has to be the single most destructive and worthless piece of software I've ever had to deal with, including all the malware I have dealt with in my life time.
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09 Aug 2010   #10
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

The suggestion I could make from personal experience with McAfoobar is use the removal tool provided by them for a total cleanup and follow the advise at finding a much better av program! That's one program that always seems to be at the bottom of the barrel over the years.
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