What is SiteAdv.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 SiteAdv.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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SiteAdv.exe file information

The process known as SiteAdvisor belongs to software McAfee SiteAdvisor or SiteAdvisor or Securexam Student by McAfee (

Description: SiteAdv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SiteAdv.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 36,640 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 36,904 bytes, 35,928 bytes, 35,992 bytes or 35,416 bytes. 
The SiteAdv.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The SiteAdv.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of McAfee SiteAdvisor or Securexam Student (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify SiteAdv.exe related errors

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

Site Advisor
  Brent Murphree   (further information)
Blocks infected Websites + In Search Results (ex. Gives you information about each result (Spywares-Adwares-PopUps-MailingRate-UnWanted Content..etc)
    (further information)
mcafee file

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Summary: Average user rating of SiteAdv.exe: based on 8 votes with 6 user comments. 7 users think SiteAdv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving SiteAdv issues

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