What is FrameworkService.exe?

The genuine FrameworkService.exe file is a software component of McAfee Common Framework by McAfee.
A background process associated with McAfee VirusScan, this application routinely communicates with McAfee software servers and checks for updated client software. This application consumes a large amount of resources when running. PCs running the McAfee agent and serviced by an ePO server do not require FrameworkService.exe, as they receive their software updates through the ePO server. Originally founded in 1987 by John McAfee, McAfee has been an Intel subsidy since 2011.

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the FrameworkService.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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FrameworkService.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with FrameworkService
FrameworkService.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Framework Service belongs to software McAfee Common Framework or McAfee Framework Service or McAfee Agent or Crystal (version 11 Redistributable) or Microsoft Office Standard or BP iRAS (version 4.0 Suite for Passport) or DesignPro (version 5.0 Limited Edition) by Network Associates ( or McAfee (

Description: FrameworkService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file FrameworkService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder (mainly C:\Program Files\NETWORK ASSOCIATES\COMMON FRAMEWORK\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 102,463 bytes (56% of all occurrences), 98,304 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. FrameworkService.exe is not a Windows core file. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. FrameworkService.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with FrameworkService.exe, you can also do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as FrameworkService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the FrameworkService.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

McAfee service. Mcafee is awesome. Earth is round.
The McAfee Framework Service is used to provide the majority of MA (McAfee Agent) functionality. Used with ePolicy Orchestrator. Should be located in the McAfee\common framework folder.
  Robert S  
McAfee is both user interface and cpu unfriendly. Never see it catch any virus but did see it slow my 4-core PC frequently.
Its the underlining components for McAfee's EPO. use within enterprise environments.
Allows McAfee to do updates, if service is not running, you will get error when tring to manually update your McAfee... Set to Automatic (Delayed Start).. for faster startup :)
Essential McAfee service in order to enforce policy or get VSE DAT updates from the internet or ePO server.
Yeah, it's a McAffee thing. It's not particularly a security risk, except it is opaque to users and it definitely is a risk to your productivity, taking a full 100% of one core on a dual core system. WTH?
McAfee antivirus. McAfee needs to make this a low priority thread.. not fuckin hogging my CPU when i am working
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of FrameworkService.exe: based on 56 votes with 9 reviews. 36 users think FrameworkService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 13 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 2 users think FrameworkService.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade FrameworkService.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving FrameworkService issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with FrameworkService. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the FrameworkService.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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