Nasty McAfee bug

Both Tim and Michelle (XP SP2) have the McAfee firewall and virus-scanner installed on their machines. Both their machines came up with a little dialog-box upon boot up today requesting to please connect the machine to the Internet right now to verify the subscription. Clicking cancel will result in an “are you sure” question and upon confirmation (i.e.: “yes, verify the subscription some other time”) it disabled the firewall and the virus-scanner (the little M-icon in the tray turns black). I didn’t notice it at first. You have got to be kidding me! Just because the software can’t check for newer virus-signatures it shouldn’t be disabling the virus-scanner or the firewall. Especially not the firewall as that probably won’t be have to be kept up-to-date. You can re-enable both by clicking your way through the security center, but I wonder how many machines on the Internet right now are left without protection….

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