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What is scan32.exe?

Scan32.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 scan32.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.

Scan32.exe file information

The process known as VirusScan On-Demand Scanner or On-Demand Scanner or 32 Bit Scanner belongs to software McAfee VirusScan Enterprise or McAfee AntiSpyware Enterprise or AuditWizard by Network Associates (nai.com) or McAfee (www.mcafee.com) or Layton Technology.

Description: Scan32.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file scan32.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 9,728 bytes (47% of all occurrences), 151,623 bytes and 5 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/scan32.exe.html 
Scan32.exe is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The program can be removed using the control panel Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
The software vendor offers the option to completely remove McAfee VirusScan Enterprise or McAfee AntiSpyware Enterprise (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs).

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If scan32.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 18% dangerous. The file size is 111,104 bytes. The program has a visible window. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Scan32.exe is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as scan32.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the scan32.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

taking high cpu and memory
It is part of AuditWizard from Layton Technology. It doesn't show up as installed software because the exe is all that runs on the client to inventory the hardware and software and report the info to an AuditWizard central server.
  Jared   (further information)
scan32.exe is part of the McAfee virus scanner.
  Steve C  
Its a part of McAfee Antivirus
scan32.exe is McAffee disk scanner program. It's looking for viruses...
  G. Jones  
scan32.exe is a process belonging to McAfee VirusScan Enterprise
It belongs to Network associates McAfee antivirus and performs the on access acan. removing it will leave you exposed to internet malware
  Joe Beckett  
it clogs up the cpu usage, but you can end the process without any harm to the computer via the task manager
McAfee Antivirus
MC Afee Process
  Christoph B  
Its a schedule MCAfee Antivirus task. have a look at McAfee console to see when its scheduled
  alan s  
It is McAfee running. It is a resource hog and can cause performance issues/lock ups for low resource computers and impatient users.
  Matt R.  
Nearly brings MS Access and Outlook to a halt. Runs for most of the day. Adversely affects production time.
  Mollie H  
It runs on our college computers and I've spent 20 minutes trying to log onto a site but both PCs have crashed because it's using anywhere from 10% to 50% of the CPU resources.
  Frank Sonata  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of scan32.exe: based on 24 votes with 15 user comments.
15 users think scan32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users think scan32.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade scan32.exe ("not sure about it").

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