thank you for your response, and yes, sometiumes i would rather not have any protection.. for instance when i am not connected to the internet or when i am busy running 5+ applications for homework/projects.
i have plenty enough RAM (1 gb) but these processes stil slow down other processes. And if i were to have everything enabled on the Security Center, one process (i believe it was McAgent.exe) took up over 22,000 kb of memory usage, along with the six or seven other processes that McAfee runs! Thats ridiculous!
And yes, i do prefer stand alones and the type, but i just got a new laptop and McAfee came free with it, so i would like to keep the program, just not all the strings that come with it. like i said, i only want protection when i feel its necessary, not 24/7