I’m noticing some serious sneakiness on the part of McAfee.
I run SpamKiller, and I’m quite happy with it. However, I’m not thrilled with apps trying to check for updates all the time, so I’ve disabled the auto-update feature.
Recently, I installed Startup Monitor. Since then, I’ve been getting sporadic reports that an executable called MCUpdate.exe is trying to add a registry entry for itself to run on start-up. These would pop up at random intervals throughout the day.
At the same time, I’m noticing a Scheduled Task that refuses to stay deleted. It’s a McAfee update job that I delete daily, but that keeps reappearing. What does it run? MCUpdate.exe.
So SpamKiller must check for this task, and re-add it if it doesn’t find it in the Scheduled Tasks. Then this task must check for the start-up registry entry, then try to add it if it doesn’t find it.
Like I said, sneaky.