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What is mcshield.exe?

Part of VSCORE. by McAfee

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How does mcshield.exe run?

Service - mcshield.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'McShield' (McAfee McShield). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. McAfee McShield runs as a program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. This type of service runs in a process by itself.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.5% of all Boost users have the mcshield.exe process running.Of the 0.5% of mcshield.exe users, 11.1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is mcshield.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00015% CPU1480.1%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
113.91 MB RAM529.0%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
          234 /min10.4%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\mcafee\virusscan enterprise\x64\mcshield.exe

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 VSCORE.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)

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File details

File name: mcshield.exe
Publisher: McAfee, Inc. (verified)
Description: On-Access Scanner service
Version: VSCORE.
Size: 176.73 KB

Digital certificate

Issued to: McAfee
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 9/12/2008
Expiration date: 10/9/2011

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0002651263%
Privileged CPU: 0.0001171178%
User CPU: 0.00014800850140%
Privileged CPU time: 5552527.99 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 6,356 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,898,361,405
CPU cycle count /min: 814,236,051
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 282.45 MB
Peak committed memory: 447.84 MB
Paged memory: 113.91 MB
Peak paged memory: 274.17 MB
Paged system memory: 147.88 KB
Non-paged system memory: 38.73 KB
Working set memory: 67.8 MB
Peak working set memory: 226.96 MB
Min working set memory: 10.67 MB
Private memory: 113.91 MB
Page faults: 45,129,069
Page faults /min: 51,657
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 203,167
Read operations /min: 233
Read transfer /min: 2.66 MB
Total write operations: 923
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 228.37 MB
Write transfer /min: 267.67 KB
Total other operations: 595,138,137
Other operations /min: 681,220
Total other transfer: 778.98 MB
Other Transfer /min: 913.05 KB
Handle count average: 695
Thread count average: 83
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 64-bit
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\McAfee\VirusScan Enterprise\x64\McShield.exe"

Service details

Name: McAfee McShield
Service name: McShield
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “Provides McAfee On-Access scanning protection of your computer system.”

Image hashes

MD5: 911a6416d429ee8a8804d44f2e181a31
SHA-1: a914f2e24e26a6957684b2ce295a4c826de9063b
SHA-256: 87c4403392883e897d57b3c740869e38592e7ada6637d446aa5bb72f94202322

PE image details

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