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What is shstat.exe?

Shstat.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 shstat.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.

Shstat.exe file information

The process known as On-access scanner statistics or VirusScan tray icon belongs to software McAfee VirusScan Enterprise or VirusScan Enterprise or McAfee AntiSpyware Enterprise by Network Associates (nai.com) or McAfee (www.mcafee.com).

Description: Shstat.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file shstat.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (typically C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\). Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 94,208 bytes (51% of all occurrences), 98,304 bytes and 10 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/shstat.exe.html 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The shstat.exe file is not a Windows system file. The process can be removed using the control panel Add\Remove programs applet. Shstat.exe is able to manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 14% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
You could uninstall McAfee VirusScan Enterprise or McAfee Anti-Spyware software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 7/Vista).

Recommended: Identify shstat.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "ShStatEXE" must run at start up. From McAfee VirusScan NT 4.x. Handles program communication among VShield components, displays VShield icon. Can be started automatically or available via Start -> Programs

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

Related Network Associates Virus Scan
  Scorpio0124   (further information)
McAfee Virus Scan background process
  Lee Wilson  
VirusScan related
Anti virus. Network Associates
  Antony Gomez (Manager LRC Cirencester College)  
handles virus and communication error
  Andrew Chilala  
when you start your computer with 1.8 GHz CPU and 1 GB RAM the SHSTAT.exe uses round 50% of your cpu for a duration of almost 3 to 5 minutes. And then it stops using more cpu capacity but keep running.It doesn't harm ur computer but makes it run slow at start. U can just disable it if you want. Cus it is not a cretical object.
  Tabish Sunset  
Prompts for deletion of folders
is McAfee antivirus related service..
  Roberto Sanchez  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of shstat.exe: based on 14 votes with 8 user comments.
7 users think shstat.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think shstat.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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