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Windows April Updates Also Have Problems with McAfee Software - BleepingComputer

Windows April Updates Also Have Problems with McAfee Software - BleepingComputer


Windows April Updates Also Have Problems with McAfee Software - BleepingComputer

Posted: 22 Apr 2019 12:00 AM PDT

Windows 7 Update

With the release of the Microsoft April 2019 Patch Tuesday updates, some Windows users began to discover that Windows 7 and 8.1 was suddenly booting slower or would freeze. It was determined that this was due to conflicts with antivirus software such as Sophos, Avast, AVG, and now McAfee.

In an update last week to the support articles for the Windows 8.1 KB4493446 update and the Windows 7 KB4493472 update, Microsoft has stated that there is an issue with McAfee business antivirus software that is causing Windows to boot slower or freeze.

Microsoft and McAfee have identified an issue on devices with McAfee Endpoint Security (ENS) Threat Prevention 10.x or McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention (Host IPS) 8.0 installed. It may cause the system to have slow startup or become unresponsive at restart after installing this update.

We are presently investigating this issue with McAfee.

Guidance for McAfee customers can be found in the following McAfee support articles:

Windows 10 may also be affected?

While only the support articles for the Windows 7 and 8.1 updates state that there is a conflict with McAfee software, the support articles from McAfee indicates that these issues are affecting Windows 10 as well.

McAfee Problem Description
McAfee Problem Description

Related to CSRSS changes

According to McAfee, these problems are caused by changes in the Windows Client Server Runtime Subsystem service, otherwise known as CRSS.exe, which introduced a deadlock with their software. 

"Changes in the Windows April 2019 update for Client Server Runtime Subsystem (CSRSS) introduced a potential deadlock with ENS."

These issues being caused by CSRSS is further confirmed by Avast's support article, which contains a fix related to CSRSS as shown below.

Avast Fix
Avast Fix

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