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 mcupdate.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 McAfee SecurityCenter Update Engine or McAfee Update Launcher or Windows Media Center Store Update Manager or VirusScan AutoUpdate belongs to software McAfee SecurityCenter or Microsoft Windows Operating System or McAfee AntiSpyware Enterprise by McAfee (www.mcafee.com) or Networks Associates Technology (nai.com) or Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).
Description: Mcupdate.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Mcupdate.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—e.g. C:\Program Files\mcafee.com\Agent\.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 212,992 bytes (79% of all occurrences), 180,224 bytes and 7 more variants.
The program has a visible window. Mcupdate.exe is not a Windows core file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Mcupdate.exe is able to monitor applications, hide itself and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
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If mcupdate.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 2% dangerous. The file size is 136,192 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 198,656 bytes or 168,448 bytes. The file is a Windows core system file. The program has no visible window. Mcupdate.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft.
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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as mcupdate.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the mcupdate.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 mcupdate. 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 mcupdate.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.