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File: mcshield.exe
Name: NT On-Access Scanner service.
Product: McAfee On-Access Scanner
Manufacturer: Network Associates, Inc.
Risk factor (Virus/Trojan/Spyware): Rating

"mcshield.exe" is the McAfee On-Access Antivirus Scanner from Network Associates, Inc.

You can obtain detailed information about mcshield.exe and any other processes running in the background using a tool like Anti-Spy.Info. Please note that malware files are often named like well-known files to cover up its true intentions. So it's recommended to validate the file and the file's location on your computer. If you find the file belonging to a "non-Microsoft" process in your Windows folder, then it could be malware.

User feedback

There were 422 user requests for that file. 8 users classify it as harmless. 1 user classify it as neutral. 3 users considered the file to be suspicious. 2 users classify it as bad and recommend to delete mcshield.exe. 2 users didn't classify it ("don't know").

RatingIt's On-Access Scanner service, by Network Associates, Inc. (VirusScan Enterprise)  link for more info Bendover-X
RatingPart of McAfee VirusScan ASaP (corporate virus scanner) bhlang
RatingBetter off with it than without it, as it will scan for malevolent controls and viruses.  link for more info Lord Shitzu
RatingThis file runs as a service and uses lots of processor time even when the active virus scan is disabled. It's not worth it. [email protected]
Rating McAfee VirusScan
RatingThis file is required by McAfee to run live, real time AV shiedling - as opposed to running periodic or scheduled manually. TuneUp Utilities 2004 tags mcshield.exe as the only file - on a brand new high-end XP box - which uses unusually high resources.  link for more info Doc
RatingMcAfee OnScan Internet checking process. If your antivirus solution is McAfee, keep it the way it is. Alex Fernandez
RatingMcafee Anti-virus
RatingWhen the "NT On Access Scanner Service...." error comes up McAfee AntiVirus disables. Talk about out of the pot & into the fire!!! Lorraine Ampofo
RatingSomehow blocks outgoing mail from echange server 5.5. Busy checking the MCShield configuration.... - To let mail go out, simply stop the MCshield service. I'm running Exchange Server 5.5 on Win NT4.0, servie Pack 6
RatingNAI Anti Virus
RatingThis is part of McAfee Virus Scan. Mcshield.exe constantly monitors your computer's running processes, accessed file and registry to detect virus activity. It is one of the core components to the virus protection offered by the McAfee virus scanning software and should not be stopped. If it is stopped your computer will not be protected from viruses. Mcshield.exe is flagged as a system process and does not appear to be a security risk. However, removing McAfee Shield may adversly impact your system. DEEPWOODS
RatingOn my machine at work. It can lock up your machine for 20 to 30 seconds at a time several times an hour. I wouldn't recommend it. jv30344
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