Vista folk, beware of McAfee VirusScan and Security Center

Friday, March 9, 2007 3:42 AM

I’ve been using McAfee Security Center / VirusScan for a few years now and have been fairly pleased with it. It wouldn’t allow me to do certain things, specifically like exclude certain file types which is very important when living in virtual machines (so, I’ve been shutting A/V scanning off while in a VM). But lately I’ve been having a lot of issues after a recent McAfee update to their Security Center / VirusScan v11. Suddenly, no matter which one I picked, any program I launched from the Start Menu (the part where you can pin apps and pick recently used apps, not the part where you can do All Programs, etc), Windows Explorer would die. If I was in the midst of transferring a large file or something along those lines, it would go belly up. Also, IE7 and Outlook 2007 would crash for no apparent reason.

Not an easy issue to debug… but I finally got it in me to try and get it fixed because it was driving me crazy. I peak into the Event Log and find one of the errors:

Faulting application Explorer.EXE, version 6.0.6000.16386, time stamp 0x4549b091, faulting module mcodsax.dll, version, time stamp 0x45ad7bd6, exception code 0xc0000005, fault offset 0x000016b2, process id 0x9dc, application start time 0x01c761b42af70184.

Nothing stood out to me, but one thing in that error instantly caught the eyes of buds Spencer & Dustin. The file mcodsax.dll is a McAfee file… it’s causing the problems! I uninstalled McAfee and everything is working perfectly! Even IE7 and Outlook crashes have disappeared. Very nice. :) So, I’m kicking the tires of OneCare and so far I like it.

One more thing… why is it in Vista that regardless how many times I tell Window Explorer “apply settings to all folders” it doesn’t keep it? I hate the tile views… I like everything in detail view (with a few list view exceptions like SharePoint’s ..\12\TEMPLATE\FEATURES folder).

And lastly, when will Dell get off their a$$ and ship a new drop of the Wave Security suite so I can start using my fingerprint reader again?!?! The said it would be available March 2nd… and here I sit, still waiting…

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