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What is mchost.exe?

Part of McAfee Core API by McAfee

What is it?

McAfee Core API is part of McAfee SecurityCenter, a security solution that allows users to monitor their computer's security status and to know instantly whether their computer's virus, spyware, e-mail, and firewall protection services are up-to-date. Most McAfee SecurityCenter builds offer trial subscriptions to McAfee’s security software.
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How does mchost.exe run?

Process - mchost.exe is an instance of a running program. This program executes under the SYSTEM account within Windows with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. mchost.exe is executed by the process mcsvhost.exe (McAfee Shared Service Host by McAfee).


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.3% of all Boost users have the mchost.exe process running.Of the 0.3% of mchost.exe users, 14.3% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is mchost.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00002% CPU213.8%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          3.21 MB RAM14.9%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\common files\mcafee\core\mchost.exe

Are there other versions of McAfee Core API?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by McAfee Core API.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8.1 Single Language (6.2.9200.0)

About McAfee, Inc.

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File details

File name: mchost.exe
Publisher: McAfee, Inc. (verified)
Name: McAfee Core API
Description: McAfee Host
Version: 6,8,703,0
Product version: 6,8,0,0
Size: 159.3 KB
Original file name: mchost.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: McAfee
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 10/6/2011
Expiration date: 1/1/2014

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000452053%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000238244%
User CPU: 0.00002138090838%
Privileged CPU time: 156.25 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 482,461,314
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 70.27 MB
Peak committed memory: 75.3 MB
Paged memory: 3.21 MB
Peak paged memory: 3.38 MB
Paged system memory: 149.41 KB
Non-paged system memory: 12.34 KB
Working set memory: 9.19 MB
Peak working set memory: 9.33 MB
Min working set memory: 7.77 MB
Private memory: 3.21 MB
Page faults: 5,275
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 53
Total read transfer: 3.63 MB
Total other operations: 1,272
Total other transfer: 15 KB
Handle count average: 258
Thread count average: 3
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 64-bit
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\Common Files\McAfee\Platform\Core\mchost.exe" {42ca0f29-d712-4d07-821a-ff2e10df8bb1} /pid=3560

Image hashes

MD5: 809f02284a14eec9e19ccedd3353db94
SHA-1: 12f4f3dc0123fdf5dca017a3bb6c03e91879d70e

PE image details

CLR assembly: Yes
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C# / Basic .NET
File packed: No
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