Me vs. McAfee VirusScan Plus 2007

October 5, 2006

Yesterday, I installed McAfee VirusScan Plus 2007, the latest software for antivirus by McAfee. To begin off, I’ll tell you how other people think about VirusScan. CNET’s Reviews rated it 6.0 out of 10.0. The review itself is negative, too.

“Despite a face-lift, the redesigned McAfee VirusScan Plus continues to consume system resources and leaves its customer support lacking.” —CNET Reviews

But, the user ratings at http://reviews.cnet.com/ are even worse. It’s rated 3.9 out of 10! Now that’s bad.

Now let me tell you my story. It’s more of an epic, like The Odyssey. Here’s my epic, my story of the struggle with McAfee VirusScan Plus 2007. Enjoy!

It all started one Tuesday. I was anxious to install my McAfee VirusScan Plus 2007 on my 6-month-old PC. No antivirus application had ever found it’s home on this PC. I first tried a Norton AntiVirus 2006. Too bad it never installed. It always came up with an error. Maybe Norton wasn’t the right one for my PC. I then moved to Windows Live OneCare. It worked great! Too bad it lasted only 90 days. I didn’t want to buy it then, so I uninstalled it. But since OneCare locked my firewall so it can monitor it itself, it never unlocked it. To this day, it’s still open. But, I thought my search was over. McAfee VirusScan was the one…the deliverer…the Messiah!

Or so I thought. Well the installation went great. It scanned the computer before installing. After a quick installation and the mandatory reboot of my PC, the Security Center was up and running. I fiddled around with a few of its tools. Then, I went for the kill…the scan. Let me tell you this. My baby brother can count faster than the rate VirusScan scans files. Consequently, I cancelled the scan. (I don’t have a baby brother.) By that time, it was getting late, so I called it quits.

The next day, I had to type up something in Word. So, I turned on the computer, clicked on my name on the XP welcome screen, and waited for my desktop to load. That’s where the problem started. I stayed there. I never got to go to Word. I usually start the program I want to use before Windows actually finished loading when I turn the computer on. I did likewise this time, too. But instead of it slowly opening Word and building the menus, toolbars, and objects one by one, I got a great white box! I clicked on it. (Oops!) The title bar turns from “Document 1 – Microsoft Word” to “Document 1 – Microsoft Word (Not responding…). My reflexes cause my fingers to stumble and type “Ctrl + Alt + Del”. Great, I’ll just end this task and reopen the application. That was, if Task Manager ever poped-up. Instead, I got a small intro box with big, red letters spelling “McAfee – Loading…” The McAfee active protection had just started now. So, I waited for the computer to calm down. I waited………and I waited………and I waited………until I couldn’t wait anymore.

So, I forcely turned the computer off and tried again. The result was the same as the first. I guessed it was McAfee that was causing this problem.

Therefore, I once again turned the computer off and opened it in safe mode and logged in to “Administrator”. This time, the computer was as fast as normal. The start menu actually opened when I clicked on it, not 30 seconds later. I went to “Start > Run” and typed in “regedit” to open Registry Editor. I went to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run” and deleted the McAfee’s startup entry. That had to be it. McAfee couldn’t start up now.

Again, I was wronged. On my restart, I was struck again by the McAfee-ian blow. But, the battle wasn’t over yet. I went to the Control Panel. It loaded after a few minutes. I clicked on Add/Remove Programs. I waited 5 minutes only to find out the computer had been frozen for a while. Sigh.

I turn it off. I turn it on. This is like my fifth restart so far. So I open Windows Explorer and I find the uninstallation executable. I click on it. Again, no response.

On my next restart, I open the computer in safe mode again and I ran the uninstallation, only to remember you can’t run executables in safe mode.

What now? Was my PC forever doomed under the tryantry of McAfee. I had to do something. I was the American George Washington, the Jewish Mattathias, the French Joan of Arc. I was the deliverer, the Moses of my peopl—er, my PC. I had to use my wits. I noted that whenever I turned on the computer, all the startup programs worked great. But, when you wanted to run another program after the startup, the computer will freeze or the program would be unresponsive. So, in safe mode, I added a new value under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, the location of the uninstallation file.

I restarted the computer normally and the uninstall poped-up. After about an hour under the slow circumstances, it finally completed. After it prompted restart, I had won the battle! The conflict ended! I was the victor! I had taken back my PC! McAfee was defeated! Ahh…the satisfaction of a job well done.

True story, I may add. The bottom line? Don’t get McAfee VirusScan Plus 2007!

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3 Responses to “Me vs. McAfee VirusScan Plus 2007”

  1. […] There are also many anti-virus programs available for you to use. Among the two most advertised are Norton AntiVirus and McAfee VirusScan. (Just because they’re advertised doesn’t mean their the best.) McAfee certainly isn’t your answer. (Read my last post.) Norton AntiVirus 2007 is much lighter than its predecessors.  But there are two other applications which prefer: Windows Live OneCare and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6. […]

  2. big m said

    where is the uninstaller?

  3. majik92 said

    Try to look in C:/Program Files/McAfee/ or C:/Program Files/McAfee.com/. If there are a bunch of folders and no uninstaller, look in the “VLO” or “VSP” folder for an uninstaller. It might be “mcuninstall.exe” or something like that. It would have a “M” icon (although all the other executables have that, too).

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