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McAfee is huge bloatware. It messed up our PC.

Posted By: Spread the word. sm on 2008-01-21
In Reply to: Computer so slow could it be? sm - Seasoned

And it's nearly impossible to remove. I had to physically remove some of the files from the registry to get it all off. Many would say "you need administrator rights to edit" but I was logged in as administrator at the time. I won't ever, EVER put any McAfee file on my computer again. It is almost definitely slowing down your computer. The best advice I can give you is to get rid of every single McAfee-related program and get AVG or Avast antivirus software instead. Not only is McAfee a big resource hog, we had viruses get through on it and Avast caught them. I try to tell everyone I know because McAfee comes bundled on computers a lot these days.

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Wow, that really must have messed YOU up.
That's all I can say about that.
That is messed up!
What the h***? Why is he dictating or furthermore why is he a doctor in America if he can't understand a white female. A majority of patient's here are Americans so if there is a language barrier then what is he doing practicing without a translator? How can he provide good care to a patient if he can't get an accurate history due to language barrier? That just seems crazy to me.
Yes, McAfee (nm)
My McAfee...
does this automatically. I remember paying for a "registery cleaner" a long time ago and it really is a scam. IMHO it is one of the "scare tatics" that they use to get you to buy their software. Are you sure it wasn't some kind of disguised pop-up that you got??
Maybe McAfee would have been enough
there was maybe no need to install all the other stuff, interfering and competing with McAfee.
Now, McAfee PLUS is only $ 30.-- and it's great.
I do not know why Norton should be better and nobody could give me an explanation.
oops, messed up
Meant for the previous message to go out to CalMT, not Trish.  Sorry.
Sorry, messed up the hyperlink...
The copy & paste URL above works fine, but here's the hyperlink again, hopefully correctly this time...

Norton vs. McAfee..which best?sm
Just got a new laptop that came with McAfee..now they are offering me subscription for half price...$69.00...I've always used Norton before and wondering if there is any difference.
Did you contact McAfee??? They may
be able to help.
Are you talking about McAfee???
I don't care for McAfee, but...sm
I would recommend stepping up to the full version of AVG if the free version has been working well for you.

There's a sort of logical conundrum to the question of whether AV software is "working well" in that we don't know what we don't know. In other words, personal experience isn't enough to tell us whether our AV software is truly effective or we simply haven't been the victim of a particular virus that our software would not have caught. "Luck" looks exactly like "effectiveness" to the end user of an AV application.

It's like trying to prove a negative, in other words. What we do tend to notice is whether AV software affects the usability of our systems. Does it "get in the way", slow the system down, etc.? While these are not unimportant issues, this is not a measure of the effectiveness of AV software in detecting and preventing virus infections.

There are organizations that test AV software and post their results online. Unfortunately, there's a little catch-22 here in that such tests suffer from the same problem that the AV software they're testing has, namely the daily proliferation of new viruses that haven't yet been defined and therefore can't be tested adequately.

I can only say that I am very satisfied with McAfee..sm
The advertised claim of having caught 'viruses' by free AV might just be a manipulation of some sort.
How can a free AV system be more efficient than a paid one?
It is only logical that free AV users defend the free service.

Why would you not recommend McAfee?..nm
Company Board is messed up!
Click on it and you get "Main Board" with zero topics and zero posts...?!?!
"She has really messed things up for this SM
single mother."  BOO HOO
Please ignore the above post. I messed up.
I work as an editor for SS. I had problem getting my lines in every day and for a while was doing 1890+ in 4-5 hours. However, after they changed my pay to w/o spaces at their whim (as I had been paid for spaces for the first 4 months I worked there), I just decided I did not care and I do just enough to get 945 in my 4 hours. They are constantly wanting extra help in editing, which I used to pitch in and help as well, but now I don't simply because of the pay change.
That should be wasn't a problem for her..see got me all messed up now!!
Well, I messed that up, meant to say DH is cooking
That could have been where I messed up. Not sure, I tried about 5 times and even had it resent.
Bayscribe Screen got Messed Up - Any help?


I accidentally hit a key or keys (maybe Ctrl.-something) and now my Bayscribe screen has tiny text appearance, hard to make out some words. It does not appear to relate to the "Customize" button in the upper right corner. No matter what I choose there, it still looks the same, or nearly the same, Just tiny type for all text and headings, boxes, etc.

Thanks a bunch,

I agree. I uninstalled my McAfee &
started using AVG years ago. McAfee was always causing problems, and I've never had any problems or viruses since switching to AVG.
Reading my own post .. .i realize I messed it up!

and it didnt read that it was my first time SELLING on Ebay... Sorry, but you guys got the message.. THANKS

I always considered McAfee inept. AVG apparently is the best, according to some. nm
Finally got McAfee COMPLETELY off my computer

www.komando.com has saved my butt a few times in the past, and though it took some time, I finally figured out where to look on that site for the answers to this problem, too.

Finally got McAfee completely removed from my computer, and was able to download a free antivirus software from PC Tools (also found on komando.com) and now feel somewhat protected.

Maybe now I can start looking into why the computer started running slow in the first place. 

Thanks to all who offered suggestions and I'm sure I'll be back for more help soon.

Even if McAfee shows under security, I'd dump it. sm
A lot of the ISPs nowadays have incorporated Spyware protection, spam protection, popup blockers, etc., so much of what McAfee claims to do is simply not needed. It bogs down your computer and takes up space, and it is next to impossible to get rid of with a simple uninstall. There are two great free antivirus programs, Avast and AVG, though I would spring and buy the profession version if the PC is used for work. Run those in conjunction with Spybot Search & Destroy and Ad-Aware scans and a good firewall, and you should be adequately covered. Do a Google search for a good "techie" forum and ask some questions there. They can give you good advice about each program's pros and cons and what the best combination is for you. Or even call someplace like Geek Squad, though they might charge for advice.

My advice to anyone would be don't add anything to your computer without fully researching it. I speak from experience because I once downloaded a antivirus/antispyware program that was heavily advertised on TV and it ended up crashing my computer. It was a virus itself! Lesson learned the hard way, I tell ya! I now research any new software much like I'd research a company before working for them.
I agree that McAfee slows down the system, but
only when the scanning is in process, especially when starting. But I doubt that McAfee and Norton are less safe than a free download.
This has no logic.
I subscribe McAfee already for years and I NEVER got a virus.
McAfee checks every website with green
check marks if ok and puts a question mark in case it is questionable and a red exclamation mark if dangerous. So we, the paying subscribers, know which one to open and which not.
I did not get an answer from TechSupport why he/she does not recommend McAfee. What reasons do you have that you do not care about McAfee?
When I copy my resume to the ads on the job board it gets all messed up, dates on the wrong line,
and I have to straighten it all back out again, so that the name of the hospital that I worked at is on the first line, then the dates worked there, etc.  My question is, do I need to straighten this out or does it just mess it up more for the person who is trying to print it out who receives it.  It is perfect when I copy it from MSword, but then when I paste it, it is messed up.  Should I straighten it out to look right because the place that is hiring will read it from that place that I copied it to or should I leave it the way it was originally because they will open it to a larger screen and it will appear normal again?!  I'm not sure which I should be doing so that the person on the other end gets a normal appearing resume!  Thanks for your help!
Did you check and see what's checked or not checked in Preferences. Maybe something got messed up
YUP, huge fan!!!!
OMG, thanks!! That would be a huge (sm)
mistake personally for me, as I do not know how I would make out with the kids, and then to go through all that, train, and not have it work. Will look elsewhere. Thanks for the input!!
Huge, I think it's small on my end (NM)
:::huge applause for you::: nm
DH is a HUGE fan! I watch only for him.
the SEP IRA is a huge deduction...
but I can't say that I've seen people frequently posting they take $10K in deductions. That also means they spent $10K. You may be imagining that. Maybe do an archive search and then try to repost and contact them?  As has been frequently said on this post, the only difference between IC and SE is an IC pays another 7.5% self employment tax but then takes deductions. Don't see how that adds up to 10 grand.
I smell a huge rat
Is your husband up to no-good with this loser? First of all any "my baby's daddy" situation has scumbag written all over it. Second of all, if your husband doesn't mind being used by this lazy bum for a free place to live, he has to be getting something out of the bargain. I'd be doing some serious checking around if I were you.

Meanwhile, you're right to keep this piece of crap away from your kids. If your husband likes him so much let him live with this waste of oxygen alone.

Good luck.
So what if it's with huge templates....
600 lines an hour is 600 lines an hour whether it's straight typing or using templates. I WISH I had huge templates.
Anyone here Bayscribe? Have a huge ?

  for you.  When you hit SUBMIT and go into the spell check, and say there's a spelling error it picks up (for example, it's a medicine that I need to look up and verify), is there ANY WAY I can do this without having to completely close down the spell check, go to another window, look up the word, and then re-hit SUBMIT and spell check again?

I've still new to Bayscribe, but so far this has been a huge time eater-upper.  For some reason it won't let me do anything but close up the spell checker, look up the word, and then re-spell check (and of course it doesn't remember any of the fixes I've already made so I need to go back through them again). 


Ideas??????????? THANK YOU!!  

Well there is already a huge thread...
Why keep it going and going?  If you all are just now realizing that AHDI is against the MT, then have you had your head in the sand the past few years or what?  Get a grip!  Life is what you make it!  This OP obviously wants to keep bringing it up and bringing it up blocking the entire board with this crap.
I got rid of my HUGE desk...sm
i use a 20 inch widescreen laptop and i just ordered a very small rolling desk.  i use wireless keyboard, mouse, and headphones. that way, I can roll my office outdoors when the weather is nice or in my bedroom or any place I will be comfortable as I suffer from chronic back problems.
You can't. It's a huge ripoff.
It sucks plain and simple.  If you're not terribly interested in making enough money to pay the bills it might be okay for you.  Not for me.
We have a huge 4 day celebration in our little town

There is something going on from tonight right through until the fireworks on the 4th.  There is a street dance, a bean hole bean supper, a lobster bake and just tons of stuff going on.

Our town is only population 7500, but the celebration has grown to over 30,000 attendees for the 2 hour parade, followed by fun, games, entertainment and music in the park and then fireworks that start at 9:00 and last for hours. It's great fun!

I'm lucky too.  I live just a mile from the festivities, so I'm home for a long time while people are still waiting in traffic. The traffic goes smoothly though.  The events have always been very well organized with our school bus drivers giving free shuttle bus rides.

Happy 4th everyone!

I have never been SO embarassed, but I called, and its A HUGE NO!! Oh well!
Thanks! My friend's kid is a huge fan & will love this :)
NO. We have committed to huge OT today
and all weekend.
Whatever, but it would be a huge meal and take me months to eat it. nm
Huge room in a very old house.
Walls are a dark greenish gold with hardwood floors. Standard Office Max computer table where I do all my work. Bookshelves all around the room. Only other furniture is an old desk that is covered with all the stuff I don't have room for on the computer table. Four large windows facing south and east. When working I have all the important stuff like reference books, printer, etc within reach.
To all ICs claiming huge deductions...(sm)

I just met with my accountant yesterday.  I am so sick I cannot think straight.  I asked alot of people before moving ahead with an IC position and leaving employee status.  EVERYONE stated that the deductions you can write off are more than worth paying the extra SS taxes that you no longer have an employer to pay.  I even saw several people specifically state they lowered their taxable income by $10,000 or more so the IC status was well worth the headache of paying the extra taxes. 

Well, I would sure love to know how in the world you ladies come up with these deductions.  The accountant said my total deductions for my home office came to about $2400.  But then my SS taxes I owed ate up that plus about another $1500.  Are those of you reaping in huge deductions working strictly via the internet?  I have no gas, mileage, vehicle wear/tear deductions because I'm strictly internet based.  But even with considering those deductions, if I had them, I still cannot see where in the world you all are coming out so much better.  Someone please offer suggestions/comments....have I just completely screwed myself over here or do I need a new accountant??

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