Slow Boot up --- any explainations?

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  1. elgrecomac macrumors 65816

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    I recently added

    VPWare Fustion Beta 2 and
    McFee VScan.

    Since then, the boot fo the computer is 30-45 seconds longer...are these the guilty party? If so, why?

    thanks!
     
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  3. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    In case a second opinion is needed...yeah, do that.
     
  4. Sojourn macrumors member

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    I didn't have a virus scanner on my MBP for a while, but decided that it wouldn't be a bad thing to have, even just for an occasional scan. I guess it may have just been the old PC-user in me, coupled with the fact that my MBP was starting to slow down a little bit. Now, though, I've definitely noticed things slowing down. Is there a way to have access to McAfee (i.e. not fully uninstalling it) in case I want to do a scan, but without it slowing things down?

    Thanks,
    Sojourn
     
  5. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Get rid of virus scanner.

    OS X has no viruses.
     
  6. Sojourn macrumors member

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    While we generally don't have to worry about them, it's not true that Mac users don't have to worry about any viruses -- especially as the platform gains a greater market share, we'll be more of a target for malicious software.

    Take care,
    Sojourn
     
  7. psychofreak Retired

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    Well there are no scanners for OSX viruses, and there are no viruses I could get that would affect my Macbook just by browsing the web, so there is essentially nothing to worry about.
     
  8. Sojourn macrumors member

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    Isn't that what McAfee and Symantec/Norton's programs are?

    Take care,
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  9. ebel3003 macrumors 6502a

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    Those scanners look for Windows viruses. It's probably more to protect Windows computers on the same network, than to protect the Mac.
     
  10. Sojourn macrumors member

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    Really?! If that's the case, then it's a waste of space on my machine! Not that I don't believe you personally, but I feel like there's got to be more to it than that . . . especially since there are a few known viruses/etc. out there for the Mac.

    Take care,
    Sojourn
     
  11. ebel3003 macrumors 6502a

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    Those viruses are trojan horses which you invite into your computer. Even those are beyond difficult to find and infect yourself with.

    Seriously, it's like taking cold medicine when you are feeling fine. It's bound to do more harm than help.
     
  12. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Don't ever put anything to with Norton on your Mac it'll turn into an expensive slug
     
  13. John01021988 macrumors 6502

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    Even if there are anti-viruses for mac, they are worthless..... They wont detect a thing, lol.
    Getting back in topic, Vmware might slow down ur system for a couple of seconds because it loads some stuff into the kernel during boot I think.
     
  14. elgrecomac thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Got rid of VirusScan but...

    The boot is still slow. Here are the symptoms after I start my computer:

    1. the system asks for my password
    2. Once I enter the password, the background image appears as does the DOCK but the menu bar at the top of the Mac desktop takes 15-20 seconds to appear after the dock appears....it didnt do that before.

    Any suggestions?:eek:

    Thanks, in advance, for your assistance.

    P.S. I got rid of all the file associated with Virus Scan that I could find.
     
  15. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Did you use the virus scanner's uninstaller? That's what you should have used to get rid of it. Also, try resetting the PRAM - this solved a slow boot problem on my MBP. The boot time went from 40 seconds to 3 (!).
     
  16. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    Do you have many things loading on the menu bar (top right) when you launch? Could be you have something there slowing things up.
     
  17. elgrecomac thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Answers to questions

    1. I did not use the uninstaller...couldn't find it. But I think I got most / all of the files
    2. Haven't a clue as to PRAM..dont know what it is or how to reset it. Please advise.

    Thanks!
     
  18. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    To reset PRAM, hold Command+Option+P+R at startup. Wait until it chimes 3 times, then release.
     
  19. elgrecomac thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Tried to reset PRAM but

    I performed the 4 finger tango: cmd+opt+P+R during startup but all the system does is reboot...no beeps at all.
     
  20. yudilks macrumors regular

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    Maybe you meant "Bong" sound?
     
  21. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Yes, I meant the Mac's normal startup sound.
     
  22. elgrecomac thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank all.

    That has had some positive effect on my startup time.

    thank you.
     

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