What is mcvsrte.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 mcvsrte.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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Mcvsrte.exe file information

The process known as McAfee VirusScan Real-time Engine belongs to software McAfee VirusScan by Networks Associates Technology (

Description: Mcvsrte.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Mcvsrte.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—typically C:\Program Files\\vso\. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 122,880 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The mcvsrte.exe file is not a Windows system file. Mcvsrte.exe is able to monitor applications. 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 mcvsrte.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the mcvsrte.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

Installed with mcaffee
mcvsrte.exe is a process associated with McAfee Internet Security Suite. This process ensures the computer's virus definations are up to date by connectign to McAfee's server on the Internet
it shows up on my task list and my computer won't work privacy service is part of McAfee internet suite
after installing McAfee -desktop comes up with no icons-cannot use computer- this file is in the taskbar when I hit ctrl/alt/del
winxp/just go in to mmc/service's and stop it, then disable it,, if it is giving you probs

Summary: Average user rating of mcvsrte.exe: based on 4 votes with 6 user comments. 3 users think mcvsrte.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users don't grade mcvsrte.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving mcvsrte issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with mcvsrte. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the mcvsrte.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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