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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 0.3% of all Boost users have the mcshield.exe process running.Of the 0.3% of mcshield.exe users, 20.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is mcshield.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00008% CPU817.2%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
94 MB RAM436.5%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
     153 /min6.8%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
         4 GDI objects2.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
          27 context switches/sec27.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\mcafee\virusscan enterprise\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?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)

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File details

File name: mcshield.exe
Publisher: McAfee, Inc. (verified)
Description: On-Access Scanner service
Version: VSCORE.
Size: 144.02 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: 0.0001670739%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000853579%
User CPU: 0.00008171599950%
Privileged CPU time: 2218406.25 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 303 ms
Context switches /sec: 27
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 243.22 MB
Peak committed memory: 419.65 MB
Paged memory: 94 MB
Peak paged memory: 283.03 MB
Paged system memory: 80.91 KB
Non-paged system memory: 11.52 KB
Working set memory: 56.64 MB
Peak working set memory: 247.05 MB
Min working set memory: 34.91 MB
Private memory: 94 MB
Page faults: 30,114,681
Page faults /min: 4,113
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 1,115,919
Read operations /min: 152
Read transfer /min: 1.01 MB
Total write operations: 2,328
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 545.35 MB
Write transfer /min: 76.27 KB
Total other operations: 57,142,195
Other operations /min: 7,804
Total other transfer: 1.69 GB
Other Transfer /min: 242.67 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 4
USER objects: 6
Handle count average: 422
Thread count average: 39
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Child Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\McAfee\VirusScan Enterprise\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: e36380699de374a52f7cf0bb2a09dc05
SHA-1: eaddb83a878b5c833ff0848a78d930f38a11e5df
SHA-256: 6f832c45c25161be76ab8d6a7708ad9c8c695f92d05ab3d0b6aae1948de17545

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows Console
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File packed: No
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