What does the FireSvc.exe file do?
The FireSvc.exe process is also known as McAfee HIP Main Service or, as the case may be, Fire Service and is a part of McAfee Desktop Firewall or, as the case may be, McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention. This software is produced by Networks Associates Technology (nai.com) or, as the case may be, McAfee (www.mcafee.com). An obsolete or defective version of FireSvc.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- McAfee HIP Main service has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- McAfee HIP Main service has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- FireSvc.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module FireSvc.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about FireSvc.exe McAfee HIP Main service
FireSvc.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file FireSvc.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 646,192 bytes (25% of all these files), 823,355 bytes, 1,506,464 bytes or, as the case may be, 659,456 bytes.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The FireSvc file is not part of the Windows operating system. FireSvc.exe is capable of supervise programs as well as hide itself from other programs. For this reason, 37% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves FireSvc.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about FireSvc?
|mcafee deskktop firewall |
|Sometimes experience a series of repetative CPU spikes that can last for almost an hour and then it settles down. The PC cannot effectively support any other application while this occurs. |
|Part of older McAffee Firewall, harmless |
Summary: 2 users judge FireSvc.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net
How to uninstall McAfee Desktop Firewall or McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention
To remove McAfee HIP Main service from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate McAfee Desktop Firewall or McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if FireSvc.exe (McAfee HIP Main service) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of McAfee HIP Main service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for McAfee HIP Main service or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or FireSvc.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.