It sounds more like it is detecting something on your machine, benign or not.
Let it go through the full computer scan and then see if the problem disappears.
The symptoms were that many of our workstations and some servers had gone to 100% CPU usage and did not respond to any commands, troubleshooting measures, etc.
Essentially, most of the company's computers were frozen and computer work -- such as email and word processing -- could not be done.
Admittedly, a bad DAT file from an antivirus vendor is generally the exception rather than the rule.
However, learning from such events can help you be better prepared should any sort of major network outage occur. Hayden (Ernie), CISSP, CEH, is the founder and owner of 443 Consulting, LLC, an enterprise focused on providing quality thought leadership in the areas of information security, cybercrime/cyberwarfare, business continuity/disaster recovery planning, and research.
Hence, we never pre-tested the DAT files; frankly, we never had a reason to suspect our vendor's quality assurance process would be lacking, as we had never had a problem in our multi-year history with this vendor.
It was late on a Friday afternoon, however, when I got a frantic call from our service delivery manager saying that the company "was under attack" and that I needed to be at the incident response area ASAP.
The incident response team also began troubleshooting and realized the only affected computers were Windows XP computers with Service Pack 2 installed, and that we had just received a DAT file from our antivirus vendor shortly before the computers froze.
Use the free Mc Afee Central app to get protection status info for your device, manage your Mc Afee Live Safe™ subscription features, and get technical support—all within a few taps. This program has done nothing but request more recurring charges from my bank account. I want it all off of my computer and to stop telling me I need to pay for another feature.
The description of this app should have included plan prices.
If this continues I will remove mcafee and get some free software.
Thanks in advance If you uninstalled and totally reinstalled Mc Afee, it is unlikely that some virus has infested it (they usually do not want you to uninstall, reinstall, whatever antivirus software).
In fact, that very scenario played out in many IT departments just recently.