Is mcshield.exe safe?
Mcshield.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 mcshield.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.
Mcshield.exe file information
The process known as On-Access Scanner service or NT On-Access Scanner service or McAfee On-Access Scanner service
belongs to software VirusScan or McAfee On-Access Scanner or VSCORE.22.214.171.1249.x86 or VirusScan (Enterprise, ASaP & Retail.) or VSCORE.126.96.36.199.x86 or McAfee VirusScan Enterprise or VSCORE or McAfee.com McShield or VSCORE.188.8.131.52.x86 or VSCORE.184.108.40.2065.x86 or VSCORE.220.127.116.11.x86 or VSCORE.18.104.22.1683.x86 or McAfee McShield or McAfee Real-time Scanner or Anti-Malware Core or McAfee AntiSpyware Enterprise or VSCORE.22.214.171.1244.x86 or VSCORE.126.96.36.1993.x86 or VSCORE.188.8.131.52.x86
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" or sometimes in a subfolder of the "My Files" folder (common is C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\).
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 221,184 bytes (44% of all occurrences), 144,704 bytes and 19 more variants.
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. Mcshield.exe is able to monitor applications and hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
You may want to do the following:
- go to the support area of the Mcafee website
- see if there is a newer version
- uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > McAfee VirusScan On-line)
Recommended: Identify mcshield.exe related errors
If mcshield.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 27% dangerous. The file size is 171,168 bytes (11% of all occurrences), 166,288 bytes and 30 more variants. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The mcshield.exe file is digitally signed. Mcshield.exe is a Verisign signed file. Mcshield.exe is able to monitor applications and hide itself.
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 information about the author of the file. Mcshield.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). Mcshield.exe is not a Windows core file. Mcshield.exe is able to record 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.
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