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What is mcagent.exe?

Mcagent.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if mcagent.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.


Mcagent.exe file information

The process known as McAfee SecurityCenter Agent or McAfee Integrated Security Platform or McAfee Security Center or McAfee.com SecurityCenter Agent belongs to software McAfee SecurityCenter or McAfee.com SecurityCenter or Microsoft Office Professional by McAfee (www.mcafee.com) or Networks Associates Technology (nai.com) or McAfee.com (us.mcafee.com).

Description: Mcagent.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file mcagent.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the "My Files" folder (normally C:\Program Files\mcafee.com\agent\). Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 303,104 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 582,992 bytes and 23 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/mcagent.exe.html 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. Mcagent.exe is able to record inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 14% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
You can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ McAfee, Inc. or AWStats.

Recommended: Identify mcagent.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "McAgentExe" can run at start up. From McAfee VirusScan On-line. The Agent is a red M icon that appears in the Windows system tray or Notification Area (if you're running Windows XP). If you don't see the agent icon, VirusScan Online may not be installed

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as mcagent.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the mcagent.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.



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User Comments

a McAfee SecurityCenter Agent. Part of the McAfee pack.
  Tom Lin  
Part of McAfee Internet Security Suite. This process ensures the computer's virus definations are up to date by communicating with the McAfee VirusScan server on the network. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated.
  Elric Ward  
This is a file that comes included with your McAfee virus scanning Software usually preinstalled on new computers. Location is default "C:\Program Files\mcafee.com\agent\McAgent.exe
  Jesse Bevil  
McAfee SecurityCenter Agent. Part of the McAfee pack
  Shalianahe  
This file can be replaced by a trojan that ran a spyware on my computer and wasn't therefore detected by McAfee VirusScan but rather by a spyware detection program. The change cause a drastic slowdown in my connection speed.
  JJ  
this file will then try as, masalert.exe and then as mcappins.exe it is very persistant to access and reconfigure itself to start with windows
  Ralph Cerminara  
The Red M Icon can sometimes fill up the entire taskbar. I've had as many as 37 of them show up before *swiped* them. Just moving the cursor over the M makes it disappear. Major annoyance.
  Chain  
It's a Anti-Virus program
  BillyGut  
I removed McAfee Antivirus and McAfee Spamkiller a long time ago. Typing 'msconfig' in 'Start/Run' I have recently discovered that 'mcagentexe, mskagentexe and mskdetectorexe' still appear in startup manager. If I go into the registry and delete the entries there, when I next restart the computer they are back in the startup manager window again and in the registry. Obviously there is a program somewhere on my computer which keeps putting them into the registry.
  John Watson  
If you've uninstalled McAfee and mcagent keeps popping back up, try this: turn off your system restore; delete any instance of mcagent.exe from your C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch (or similar) folder and your registry; delete the offending program; run a quick "Search" through your computer to locate any more instances and if found, remove them; make a second pass your your registry and prefetch folders, just in case; Restart; enable System Restore and check for the program. If it seems gone, do one more restart for good measure, just to be sure it's not a problem with your System Restore.
  Joshua Priddy  
Definitely part of the McAfee SecurityCenter suite, though I still recommend "un-hiding" all your system et al files and running spyware/virus/etc. scan using another scanner; any instance of it sitting anywhere other than your Program Files is not a healthy instance.
   
It didn't detect some kind of malware - XP locked me out - had to reinstall OS
  ed  
If MCAGENT.EXE is still listed in your taskbar notifications section on Windows 7 (& Vista) try running the 'McAfee Consumer Product Removal tool' that can be downloaded from http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?id=TS100507 and will completely remove all traces of the McAfee suite that was not removed during the uninstall process.
  Stephen   (further information)
This file is needed if you have McAfee Antivirus, one of the best paid anti virus program.
  Danomite   (further information)
I cannot use McAfee without this file
  Ajoy G Adhikari  
Nothing it just showed up as a file needing to shut down before computer would shut down. Quite annoying
  Tom  

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Summary: Average user rating of mcagent.exe: based on 16 votes with 16 user comments.
5 users think mcagent.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks mcagent.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade mcagent.exe ("not sure about it").


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