Just download the McAfree from Shaw and now my computer is running so slow, what can I do to speed it up?
We have some minimal requirements for your computer to run smoothly with McAfee (Shaw Secure). If your computer is running a bit on the older side, you might notice a speed decrease because of it. The minimum requirements are at McAfee Internet Security overview.
But one main cause for a slower computer after installing McAfee tends to be if you installed the FULL McAfee with parental controls. With parental controls on, McAfee needs to do a lot more analyzing and testing to make sure that anything it encounters is safe.
When you installed McAfee, do you remember if you chose with or without parental controls? If you chose with, and you don't have a need for them, I would recommend removing McAfee and then reinstalling it without these controls.
Removing parental controls did not help.
Would you say your machine just meets or slightly exceeds the minimum requirements? The most resource-intensive component of Shaw Secure is the real time scanning service, which runs constantly and scans your system as well as downloaded files for malware. You can try disabling this feature in the main control panel (Real Time Scanning > Real Time Scanning Options > Turn Off) to see if you experience a performance boost. You would not be as protected from infection, since this feature is what protects you on a consistent basis, although running scheduled or manual scans is still possible.
It's also possible your machine is slower as a result of existing malware, so if you haven't already, I would recommend running a full system scan.
Hi jbuckler. If you've reinstalled without parental controls, you should have a much slimmed down version of McAfee. Have you tried Matt's suggestion of disabling real time scanning?
Yes I did and it is still slow but not as slow.
Thanks for the update on that. So it sounds at this point like it might be that your machine is perhaps just over the minimum requirements for running Shaw Secure.
If you click the Start Button then click Run and type dxdiag, you'll see a screen pop up with some information.
Under the System Information section, would you be able to confirm:
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