McAfee VirusScan makes mp3/CDs jump when browsing !
Posted on 2003-11-20
I really don't know what better section to post this in, so chose this one since it deals with viruses, and the software I am concerned about is a virus checker.
Right. I am running said virus checker, with all the latest patches/updates etc. I have the maximum protection settings - i.e. heuristics/macro scanning enabled, and am scanning all files by default. Also enabled is HAWK for E-mail. When I am playing mp3, or listing to an audio CD (via Winamp, Windows Media Player, RealOne player etc) the music will temporarily 'jump' *whenever I visit a new webpage*. By this I mean when clicking the links to various pages of online forums, or the next page of Google search results; you know what I mean.
I have watched the W2k task manager for CPU changes, and have found that for an instant that the new page is loaded, MCSHIELD.exe (i.e. VirusScan) jumps to like 70 - 80% usage, then immediately drops when the page is loaded. If I disable it whilst browsing, the problem vanishes, but obviously this is not too good an idea...
So it is obviously VirusScan that is causing the issue.
My system stats are as follows:
AMD Athlon ~2GHZ
I browse the web via my home cable modem connection, which is 1MB/s.
Now I know this is not a major problem, but it is still annoying, and I am confused at its cause since my machine is by no means lacking power !
Any ideas ?
Thanks in advance.