What is mscifapp.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 mscifapp.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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Mscifapp.exe file information

The process known as McAfee Privacy Service belongs to software McAfee Privacy Service by McAfee ( or Networks Associates Technology (

Description: Mscifapp.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Mscifapp.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—e.g. C:\Program Files\\MPS\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 296,488 bytes (82% of all occurrences), 274,432 bytes, 35,852 bytes or 225,280 bytes. 
The mscifapp.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as mscifapp.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the mscifapp.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

Al I know is it keeps coming up and the "OK" and "CANCEL" buttons dont do anything I cant get rid of it privacy service is part of McAfee internet suite
McAfee Privacy Service Program
it seems to eat lots of my resource ie Processor ....
has an issue with winamp, firefox & shoutcast - when winamp plays a shoutcast radio station and firefox is open, mscifapp crashes, eats 100% system resource and won't respond to end task - have to tskill it from the cmd line!
i seem to be having a really bad problem with mine. It keeps coming up with an error log with this and it is running 987 times on my processes have no clue why but my computer isnt loading right half the time either. could this be a pest but covering itself under this file?

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

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Best practices for resolving mscifapp issues

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