when running certain programs, and is effectively crippling them. It's part of Microsoft Security Essentials, apparently. I don't really want to get rid of MSE, but if I can't find a solution to it's system hogging ways, it's going to have to go.
Ending MsMpEng.exe from Task Manager brings up a warning that MSE is no longer monitoring my system, and the exe starts again of it's own accord anyway.
I've tried opening MSE, going to the settings, and entering entering the relevant text to stop the exe from scanning itself (in Excluded files and locations, and Excluded processes), but to no avail.
Should I just lose MSE completely, do you think, and install something else?
Thanks. I can disable the AntiMalWare Service, which stops MsMpEng.exe, and (seems to, anyway! I'll test it a bit more today) so allows the relevant programs to run without slowdown/glitches, but doing so turns off MSE (so my system has no protection). MSE restarts when I reboot my PC.
I think I'll compromise for now. I'll keep MSE, but go offline and disable the AntiMalWare Service when I want to use the programs (which don't require me to be online, anyway). Not ideal.