I am working on 3 brand new almost identical installations of Win XP SP3. I am up to date with MS Updates. I istalled MS Security Essentials. One PC is fine. On the other the MsMpEng is locked at 99% CPU usage for about 3-4 minutes whenever I open a random folder or application, before it releases it.
I know what the culprit is (MSSEssentials) I just don ot know how to stop it from doing that. Disabling Application and program protection under Realtime Protection stops the 99% but Realtime Protectionin in MSSE lites up in RED, almost forcing a user to start realtime protect again. I could deal with that, but The owner of the PC cannot.
I need to learn how to stop this from happening. And I also wonder why the other 2 PCs do not have a problem. These 3 PCs are the first that I used MS security programs. 1 is fine. One grabs 99% for 30 seconds then releases. But this one that I am writing about takes anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes to release its MS grip on the CPU.
I remember having this problem with MS Antispyware, then Win Defender( that hasn't found a bad guy YET, to my knowledge). I just uninstalled them and it was over. That is not an option here. I was scheduled for the owner to pick this up today but I cannot let her have it this way. She is rightfully upset. I need answer quickly. My customers are the type that do not pay for AV, so that also is not an option.
The QUESTION IS: How do I prevent this miserable MS program from acting the way it is and stealing my resources?
Thanks in advance.