McAfee virus scan is really annoying

As I work online, I obviously us a computer throughout the day (and often all night and weekends too, but that’s another matter). I also have this hate-hate relationship with Microsoft and Windows, as I find it the most infuriating think in my life. I don’t understand why Windows just has to keep annoying me with its constant nagging about stuff I really don’t care about.

I get daily messages telling me that some program I’m not using has stopped working, and shutting down merely prompts to offer feedback to Microsoft (which I have done in my own colourful way) only for the same damn error to keep happening.

I don’t care about the program, sod off!

McAfee is another thorn in my side. Only today I was writing an article when, in mid flow, the focus was taking off word while I was writing a sentence, only for this message box to force itself onto my screen.

McAfee Virus Scan

I couldn’t give a rat’s arse what it’s about to do, don’t interrupt me when I’m working, only to give me the options of ‘piss me off now’ or ‘piss me off later’.

Where’s the ‘sod off and never bother me again’ button?

Windows is full of this crap and it’s extremely infuriating.


Darren Jamieson, aka MrDaz, is the Technical Director and co-founder of Engage Web and has been working online in a career spanning two decades. His first website was built in 1998 and is still live today.

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3 thoughts on “McAfee virus scan is really annoying”

  1. Of course it’s far from just McAffee who seem bent on wasting everyone’s time and making that Windows experience just a little more of a pain in the behind than it’s designed to be.

    Today on my few-weeks-old Windows7 laptop that I only use for one work-related thing (not even internet browsing – I’m writing this on my old XP desktop) up popped the message when I booted it up –

    “Adobe AIR Setup, .. this module will update Adobe AIR .. click to install this update now.”

    Nice to be given the choice but I have never heard of Adobe AIR and have no idea what the laptop is using it for.

    I’ve discovered on the Internet that it is a, “cross-operating system runtime that enables web developers to use their existing web development skills, code and tools to build and deploy rich web applications and content to the desktop” (

    So that makes it sound like something I don’t need.

    So what should someone do faced with having to make such a choice in the morning?:

    a) Assume that because it says it’s from Adobe then it must be (because why would anyone pretend such a thing? unless, of course, there are nasty people out there who like to put nasty or even plain old unnecessary things on your computer) and that if its from Adobe then I must need it even if I don’t know what for.

    b) Take a cautious approach and say “no” to things that try to install themselves on my computer if I’ve no idea what they are or why they’re there. That would mean taking the cynical view that there might indeed be nasty people out there and that there might be some smidgen of truth behind rumours of such beasts as viruses, trojans, worms, and mythical malware in general.

    c} Toss a coin. Best out of three to be on the safe side. (Best out of five is only for the paranoid.)

    d) Spend an hour trying to find out about it and then choose a, b, or c from above.

    I went for option d and at one all have that coin warmed up in my hand ready for the decider.

    One point to the Waste Every Computer User’s Time And Slowly Grind The Country Into The Ground consortium, in which spammers and virus writers no longer play the primary role.

  2. Following on from my comment on Adobe Air wanting to upgrade itself …

    It seems my wife installed the BBC iPlayer on the laptop (let’s not go into the whys and wherefores of that one in public) and it’s probably got something to do with that.

    So I changed horses and went for option e in the end.

  3. Have you tried looking at OpenSource software Operating Systems? I gave up on Microsoft 4 years ago – and so have some of my friends too and I’m a qualified Microsoft MCSE.
    I use OpenSuse Linux but there are a lot of other choices out there.

    No anti-virus software needed….

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