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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Back on deck: McAfee Antivirus crap

Ever since I got this Dell laptop with Vista and McAfee antivirus installed I have nothing but questionable loading times for web pages as I surf the Net. Like the Herald front page taking up to 3 minutes, Stuff up to 5 minutes at times on dial up. Disconnections reign supreme. Any errors are very noticeable when you on dial up.

No issues like this on older XP laptop with AVG on it. In the last week, MySQL has become almost unusable and after chasing down the errors on Google, I found that McAfee is the cause. Seems the 'Real Time Protection' is far too aggressive and causes all sorts of time outs. Must have had a recent auto update that changed aggressive to feral.

Have dropped McAfee back to 'Programs only' protection and what a difference! Webpages load far quicker and positively instead of hanging and timing out. MySQl is usable again. Also have dropped auto update - now do it manually when I go to make a coffee, not every time the bloody machine connects to the Net.

Now hopefully this has cured the Internet slowness of late and I can now blog more frequently. I wonder will my PCMCIA Vodafone adapter might now stay online for more usable periods in the wireless world on non-3G GPRS?

Will be watching closely and trying different things. McAfee is currently rated as crap by me and changing to AVG looks like soon to happen here.


4 comments:

Graham said...

really? I too installed McAfee antivirus... It is working great on my PC!!

KG said...

Buy a Mac, PM and ut all that crap behind you!

KG said...

"put", that is..

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