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Old 09-30-2008, 06:42 PM
Location: Arlington Virginia
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I have subscribed McAfee Security Center Suite running on my pc, for about three years now, without problems. It installs updates automatically. Yesterday something new appeared, McAfee Site Advisor Toolbar in my IE7. I have a P4 running WinXP, ver 2002, SP3 (with auto updates also).

I can't absolutely pinpoint it but it seems that at the same time, I have a problem with IE. Used to be when one moused over a underlined link, the address of the link appeared in the "status bar" at the bottom of the screen. Gave one some idea of whether you wanted to click on that link. Now the status bar is blank when mousing over a link. If you right click on the link, then the address appears in the status bar.

I don't like this, and the McAfee toolbar adds an unwanted layer to the IE header. Have to close the MA toolbar upon each start up. I note that when right clicking on it to close it, it asks if you want to upgrade to the "plus" version. NO I don't like the un plus version. Checking on "add/remove programs," this pesky program does not appear in the list.

Has anyone heard anything about this? I'm wondering if it is causing the disappeared addresses from the status bar. Sometimes things like this happen. Thanks
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:16 PM
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McCrappy is worse than any virus. Get rid of it before it completely hoses your computer.
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:18 AM
Location: Amelia View
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quiet walker -- by chance did you just upgrade to IE7? I installed a couple of Windows updates recently, and one of them was for IE7 -- innocently I said "sure" when it asked if I wanted to do so. Big mistake. Thank goodness for time travel with System Restore and I could go back to IE6. Some of the things you described in your OP were the peskies I encountered with my IE upgrade.

I also agree with EscapeCalifornia -- in my book, McAfee and Norton are running neck-n-neck for dead last in the virus scan program world. Both have caused numerous issues in their obsessive missions to 'protect' me from nasties. I use AVG and have had no problems whatsoever - I've have no infections and, best of all, I've been in control of it rather than the other way around.
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:27 AM
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Some call 'em bugs; some call 'em undocumented features. I don't use this product, but if I'm not mistaken in what I read, recent updates have made the toolbar an integrated part of the Security Center. If you want the Security Center, you have to take the toolbar with it.
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