Windows 10 started lagging for me again. Checking the Task Manager, I saw that McAfee Module Core Service was using huge amounts of memory and disk was 100% again (probably due to swapping/thrashing). It is time to remove McAfee. To do this, I downloaded the McAfee Consumer Products Removal Tool (MCPR) from the McAfee site and ran it.
So how will I protect Windows 10? I have installed Avast!, a free anti-virus program that I’ve run successfully in the past. After installing, I ran a smart scan. It detected some issues:
- I had an out of date VNC (movie player), which Avast auto-upgraded for me.
- Avast found a bunch of registry and system junk; Avast offers a paid tool that can clean this up.
- A helpful list of programs that are slowing down the machine was provided, ranked from worst to best; again, the paid tool will automatically disable these for you, and there is a 60 day free trial.
- Finally, it detected some weak passwords, and offered Avast’s paid password vault system, which I think is something like LastPass.
Here are the programs that Avast detected as performance problems, from worst to least:
- Intel(R) Wireless Bluetooth
- Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology
- SmartByte Drivers and Services
- Realtek High Definition Audio Driver
- Microsoft Office 365 – en-us
- Intel(R) Management Engine Components
- Microsoft One Drive
- Dell SupportAssist
- Dell SupportAssist Remediation
- Dell Update
- Dell SupportAssistAgent
- Dell Digital Delivery
- Classic Shell
Intel(R) Wireless Bluetooth can be prevented from auto-starting via the Services program. It can then be manually started if desired.
Microsoft One Drive and uTorrent can be prevented from auto-starting via the Startup tab in the Task Manager.