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Windows 7: McAfee now hoses Vista

10 Sep 2010   #1
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 
McAfee now hoses Vista

This is unfreakinbelievable!!!

So my wife gets a call from a friend who was gone for the whole week. She turned on her PC and 10 mins later she couldn't connect to the internet and IE was "hanging up". She runs Vista

I went over and saw there was a connection, but nothing was being allowed to pass. I went to check the McAfee firewall..and there it was:

MCAFEE DISPLAYING THE SAME 2/3 OF A SCREEN FOR MCAFEE "SECURITY CENTER".

The exact same thing it did to mine when I got an "update" and hosed itself along with some of my system.

Checking the logs, I found that 5 minutes after she had turned on the PC, McAfee had installed a "update" to the firewall/network drivers. And once again, McAfee did a thorough job, even a system restore didn't fix the problem (same thing happened on mine)

I had to go to services and shut every McAfee driver/program off. Then I had to repair the damage to IE that it's "update" did (it changed some of the files for some reason). I still have to go back & do a scan to see what other files are damaged.

(When McAfee hosed my system it corrupted some of the printer sharing files (among others))

Seriously folks...why is this company even allowed to exist? All I can say is Intel has it's work cut out for it!


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10 Sep 2010   #2
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

So it's really the McAfee suite (which I despise). I wouldn't run it if you paid me. We do run just the anti-virus program on university servers without problem (university license). Having said that, it's not on any of my computers.
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10 Sep 2010   #3
Borg 386

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

Lemur, our college has been plagued by the Hamweq and some other virus/worm for 2 semesters now. Guess what they are using as an AV?

I'm glad you've had luck with it at your university....I'd be wary though

Every time I get home & plug in my FD, MSE pops up immediately and tells me I have one or the other on it. Why they continue to use such an inferior product is beyond me, save for the exception they must have gotten it really cheap...obviously for a reason.

If you'd like to see how much "Fun" I had with this product, here is the thread right before I got rid of it

McAfee Update (8/9/10) causes win 7 Problems
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10 Sep 2010   #4
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Can't get any cheaper than free. MSE, Forefront, AVG, Avast ... I 'd use all these before McAfee.
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10 Sep 2010   #5
Night Hawk

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

I wouldn't even recommend running any part of McAde2Fail on anything period! You'll find a few lengthy discussions anywhere you look on how this one software manages to cause more headaches then the viruses and malwares it's supposed to protect against?!

Every so often every program will have the occasional bad update or bad install of an update while that's one program with a unique track record for a "guaranteed fail"! The advice everyone will be giving you would be to see that dumped and finding something else that does work.
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10 Sep 2010   #6
Borg 386

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
I wouldn't even recommend running any part of McAde2Fail on anything period! You'll find a few lengthy discussions anywhere you look on how this one software manages to cause more headaches then the viruses and malwares it's supposed to protect against?!

Every so often every program will have the occasional bad update or bad install of an update while that's one program with a unique track record for a "guaranteed fail"! The advice everyone will be giving you would be to see that dumped and finding something else that does work.
Yepperz...very true
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10 Sep 2010   #7
Night Hawk

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

Back in the 95 days that was the first av program I bought retail in a store one day and "never went back"! It was crapware then and still is. All you can do with the other Vista system is find every trace of it there and sent it on it's way!

If that party still wants a retail program found far more effective, reliable but not even noticable download the 30 day trial of VIPRE Premium. That has everything rolled into one package for web filtering as well as a firewall, antivirus, antiadware, antispyware, antirootkit protections and won't even noticed running in the background.

It has a very super light footprint as well not being a load of bloatware. I've had this one now for the last six months and would say this one replaces a good 90% of the others right off the top.

Any bad sites it detects even with adwares is blocked out completely upon detection. Each site blocked was later checked out while booted from a live cd and found there was a reason why the sites were blocked!

There's no free version however. Someone I know who runs security checks on web sites hounded me for months to take a look at it. Once the new build was in the works I decided something more then another freebie would be a thought.
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10 Sep 2010   #8
Darician

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Oh McAfee, is there anything you won't hose? But I'll say this much, it could be worse, they could be running Sophos.
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10 Sep 2010   #9
Night Hawk

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

I never even looked at that one. But from everything heard over the years since first looking at the guaranteed McAFail I couldn't imagine it getting any worse!

I could imagine if we started a poll on the absolute worst av softwares it wouldn't too be hard to preguess which ones would be the semi-finalists as well top contenders for sure!
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11 Sep 2010   #10
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darician View Post
Oh McAfee, is there anything you won't hose? But I'll say this much, it could be worse, they could be running Sophos.
Or Trend Micro . They still used the Microsoft DDK samples as the basis for their kernel drivers until a version or so ago - seriously, that's so crazy it couldn't even be made up. I just about laughed myself empty when I saw the pool tag was " DDK".
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