After reinstalling LS some days ago I have a similar problem. On activation of the Anti-Spam add-on, my TB completely stops working and needs to be reinstalled. I have no solution to the problem but can say that it is obviously not limited to Dell computers, since I am using a Toshiba version of LS. However, the Content Version of my LS is the same: 5706. That's maybe a hint to the problem. Here's the info tab:
This problem has finally disappeared from my computer after another reinstall of the security software last week. In contrast to former reinstalls, I did not leave the reinstall process to the McAfee Master Installer this time but removed the software manually as suggested by above. The procedure was as follows: 1) Deleting as many as possible Intel Security/McAfee products by using Windows's "undelete" function; 2) removing remainders with McAfee's MCPR tool; 3) rebooting system; 4) downloading and installing software anew from McAfee's webpage. After this the Anti-Spam module worked properly again although the displayed content version was still "5706"; one or two days later the content version was updated to "5770".
So this seems to be a way to solve the problem but all personal settings are of course lost in the process.
Wow- that's a lot of effort! I hope it stays fixed. My hopes aren't high since you now essentially have a fresh install. I had that too, and so did you, and it broke.
I hope McAfee will fix McAfee's problem. Their software is installed because it's supposed to protect my machines, saving time and hassle, not waste my time. I'll just disable each feature as it breaks until I am forced to go elsewhere. So far it's just this anti-spam feature.
Yes, I also hope it holds because delete/reinstall is always the last option and I am not willing to repeat this process too often. And I definitely agree that it would be much more comfortable if McAfee could take care about those issues by providing appropriate updates or diagnosis software. The MVT tool, for example, could not spot any faults on my machine although the Anti-Spam function was clearly broken.
For the moment, at least, I am content now and will wait and see. Much luck with your software, too!
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I wound up doing a clean install (remove and delete registry keys). That was my fix. This seems to happen every July/Aug around our house.
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