I hate antivirus software. I do not use it.
My prefered desktop is a Linux desktop. There is no antivirus there.
Even when I am on a Windows desktop, I prefer one with no antivirus software
installed, or at least no active antivirus software installed.
I’m working on my corporate laptop with its “enterprise” install of Mcafee
framework. It is hell. This ThinkPad T42 with its 2 year old,
5400(4800?,4200?) rpm 40G hard drive is slow enough. The fact that
every file write gets intercepted by the antivirus software makes this thing
feel slower than my P3-866 home computer. The “enterprise” install of
Mcafee disables the UI so that I cannot turn off the antivirus using the UI when
I click open the Console from the tray icon. I’ve created a desktop
shortcut that runs these commands, and I have named it “turbo.cmd”.
net stop mcshield
net stop mctaskmanager
net stop mcafeeframework
net start mcshield
net start mctaskmanager
net start mcafeeframework
I run this and I ctrl-c at the pause if i want to disabled the Mcafee stuff.
I run it again and I let it continue if I want to enable the Mcafee stuff.
It works. My file writes speed up tremendously. I will typically use this when
I am unzipping a large archive, or even a medium sized archive with many small
files. The antivirus seems to eat tons of CPU when the system is writing many
The catch is that Mcafee somewhere hooks into the TCP/IP
stack in windows, or something. When in a stopped state, I cannot accept
incoming ssh connections. The client gives the old
ssh_exchange_identification:Message. Its like Mcafee does tcp wrappers.
Connection closed by remote host
I hate it.
The solution: start the Mcafee services, and restart the cygwin ssh
daemon. I should add two more lines to my turbo.cmd above
net stop sshd
net start sshd
Now ssh works. Thank you Mcafee. Thank you for NOTHING.