Oh, no. I was replying to April & didn't think quoting was necessary because I was posting right below her. She got rid of a PaintShop Pro plugin, a game, a program included with one of Mouser's program, and upgraded another program all in the name of keeping McAfee happy. I don't think I would have been so understanding of McAfee's inability to play nice with others.
I got rid of McAfee about 6 years ago when I traced some odd system instability issues to it. I haven't used it since. I once thought my WinME totally sucked because it would either lock up or BSOD about every four hours. After getting rid of McAfee, I could keep it running (and running quite well I must add) for at least a week, and up to about 2 months without any issues.
Right after ditching it, I took the advice of someone I respected and installed AVG, which I continued to use on all of my PC's up until recently.
I ditched AVG after an issue with my daughter's laptop and some nasty malware it failed to detect. I didn't feel like I could trust it any more. I would rather false positives than false negatives.
My current AV is Avast. I am sure there has to be some way of getting it to behave and honor the exceptions list but I can't seem to figure it out.
The photoshop plugin was not a loss, wasn't used very much over the years, in fact I can't remember using it at all within the last 5.
The software I upgraded should have been upgraded any way, because that is just the smart thing to do. Only reason why I never did was related to a money issue. That version had some issues with triggering false positives in a few different AV's and not just Avast. I knew this and when it started happening in AVG I chose to just add to exceptions list and go on with my life. When it happened in Avast too, I contemplated upgrading, and the fact I couldn't figure out how the ignore list works in Avast, just drove me to finally do it. It's not something I regret. Newer version works much better than the old...less buggy. I really don't mind the extra rice & beans I had to eat to pay for it.
nircmd was not something I wanted or needed in LBC to begin with, and removing it was no loss to me. In fact, I have recommended that mouser offer it as a separate download in order to avoid issues like this, and warn users that it could trigger an AV alert. This extra tool should be optional and not included by default.
And as far as the game goes, I didn't get rid of it. I happen to like it too much and don't plan on getting rid of it until I at least beat all the levels. The graphics are awesome and the game boards are a blast. It makes me laugh. I love doing things like destroying train tracks and sending cows flying into the sky. It's one of the better breakout style games I have played. McAfee again. Don't ask.