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 mcshield.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.
The process known as On-Access Scanner service or McAfee On-Access Scanner service or NT On-Access Scanner service or McAfee Scanner service
belongs to software VSCORE.126.96.36.1999.x86 or VSCORE or Anti-Malware Core or McAfee VirusScan Enterprise or VSCORE.188.8.131.525.x86 or VirusScan or VSCORE.184.108.40.2063.x86 or McAfee On-Access Scanner or VirusScan (Enterprise, ASaP & Retail.) or VSCORE.220.127.116.11.x86 or VSCORE.18.104.22.1684.x86 or McAfee AntiSpyware Enterprise or VSCORE.22.214.171.124.x86 or VSCORE.126.96.36.1993.x86 or McAfee McShield or McAfee Virtual Technician or VSCORE.188.8.131.52.x86 or McAfee AntiSpyware Enterprise Module or McAfee Anti-Spyware
by McAfee (www.mcafee.com) or Network Associates (nai.com).
Description: Mcshield.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file mcshield.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (common is C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\).
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 144,704 bytes (62% of all occurrences), 144,960 bytes and 17 more variants.
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. The mcshield.exe file is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. Mcshield.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If mcshield.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 22% dangerous. The file size is 1,041,192 bytes (9% of all occurrences), 171,168 bytes and 39 more variants. The program is not visible. Mcshield.exe is not a Windows core file. It is digitally signed. The file is a Verisign signed file. Mcshield.exe is able to monitor applications.
If mcshield.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 15,713 bytes. There is no file information. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). It is not a Windows system file. Mcshield.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.
Important: Some malware also uses the file name mcshield.exe, for example Trojan.Win32.Scar.pdy (detected by Kaspersky), and Downloader (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the mcshield.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with mcshield. 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 mcshield.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.