What is mcdetect.exe?

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 mcdetect.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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Mcdetect.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with mcdetect
Mcdetect.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as McAfee WSC Integration Service belongs to software McAfee SecurityCenter or McAfee WSC Integration by McAfee (

Description: Mcdetect.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file mcdetect.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 126,976 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as mcdetect.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the mcdetect.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 privacy service is part of McAfee internet suite
  Santaria   (further information)
I know that if you search mcafee it does not bring this up and until it is deleted it will say that mcafee security center is still installed. I was not able to install another virus program due to this until I got rid of it. McAfee didn't even know how to do it!
gehört zum nervenden Mcaffe Security Center, was sich penetrant i.d. Systemstrg implentiert und man nicht mehr los zu werden scheint
  Frank S.  
Once you install any of McAfee products, they install deep in the roots of your system and are very difficult to remove.
mcdetect.exe is a process associated with the McAfee Security Centre software. This process should not be removed to ensure that your system is secure.

Summary: Average user rating of mcdetect.exe: based on 4 votes with 6 user comments. 2 users think mcdetect.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks mcdetect.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade mcdetect.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving mcdetect issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with mcdetect. 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 mcdetect.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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