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McAfee Update Stuffs Windows
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cthisbear

Joined: 29 Jan 2006
Posts: 3414
Location: Sydney Australia

PostPosted: Wed 21 Apr 2010, 22:07    Post subject:  McAfee Update Stuffs Windows  

Crap company.

I saw this before but what made me post was this.

" It deletes the svchosts.exe.
So that mean no networking when the machine comes backup.

So roll back is going to involve a USB stick and
a new pair of shoes after walking to 1000 hosts "

This also shows some fixes here if you are affected.

http://www.dshield.org/diary.html?storyid=8656

A better fix??
" Okay, so in my previous post I recommended copying

the svchost.exe binary

from the servicepackfiles\i386 directory.

While in most cases this should work fine,
there is still a possibility of version issues doing this.
The better solution is "

http://cosine-security.blogspot.com/2010/04/mcafee-5958-dat-issue-fix-update.html


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" I felt a great disturbance on the 'Net, as if millions of XP machines suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.
I fear something terrible has happened. "

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1429187

Chris.
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upnorth


Joined: 11 Jan 2010
Posts: 262
Location: Wisconsin UTC-6 (-5 DST)

PostPosted: Mon 26 Apr 2010, 21:53    Post subject:  

You might be able to get reimbursed for the new sneakers: Smile

http://m.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/26/mcafee_repair_invoice/
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PaulBx1

Joined: 16 Jun 2006
Posts: 2308
Location: Wyoming, USA

PostPosted: Mon 26 Apr 2010, 22:50    Post subject:  

I had exactly this problem, mcafee trashing Windows on the company laptop I was using, several years ago. It took me a couple of weeks downtime before I got it straightened out. Never will use Mcafee again.
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thane

Joined: 26 Mar 2009
Posts: 112
Location: Waipahu, Hawaii USA

PostPosted: Tue 27 Apr 2010, 22:39    Post subject:  

I once installed a McAfee feature on a Windows box, decided I didn't like it, and tried to remove it.

Had to spend all day on the phone with Microsoft tech support reinstalling Windows (at least TS in those days it was still in Texas, I think now it's in India or something).

Part of the long process that made me try Linux.
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cthisbear

Joined: 29 Jan 2006
Posts: 3414
Location: Sydney Australia

PostPosted: Wed 28 Apr 2010, 01:48    Post subject:  

An evil idiot company.

No pun >> but I know your pain thane.

This is what you need.
Great site Major Geeks.
I recommend them to any Windows user.

They also have >>
Way Off Base and Off Base areas on their website.
And sometimes MG posts Puppy.

If you are an Aussie user pick >> Internode
to download from >> a very fast mirror.

McAfee Consumer Product Removal Tool 3.0.128.8
" Running the McAfee Consumer Product Removal tool
(MCPR.exe) removes all
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 versions of McAfee
consumer products. "

http://www.majorgeeks.com/McAfee_Consumer_Product_Removal_Tool_d5420.html

Chris.
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thane

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Location: Waipahu, Hawaii USA

PostPosted: Thu 29 Apr 2010, 02:27    Post subject:  

My wife now uses the Windows box, mainly to exchange e-mails. I use Windows at the office but we have a tech support section so software installation isn't my problem.

For personal use I've switched to Linux.
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john biles


Joined: 17 Sep 2006
Posts: 1408
Location: Australia

PostPosted: Thu 29 Apr 2010, 07:38    Post subject:  

Well Done McAfee and I heard it crap software!! First Bit Defender Now this!! Sorry to Puppy users effected by this if you also use Windows. To the rest of us it a good day !! We use McAfee at work. If my PC won't connect to the network I'll know why.
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looseSCREWorTWO

Joined: 04 Feb 2010
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PostPosted: Fri 30 Apr 2010, 05:02    Post subject:  

AVG and SpyBot classify some McAfee products as Spyware, plus a few other well-known brands as well.
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