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What does the mcods.exe file do?

The mcods.exe process is also known as McAfee VirusScan On-Demand Scan and is a part of McAfee LiveSafe Internet Security or, as the case may be, McAfee Internet Security Suite. This software is produced by McAfee (www.mcafee.com). An obsolete or defective version of mcods.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about mcods.exe McAfee VirusScan On-Demand Scan

mcods.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Mcods.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 679,120 bytes (33% of all these files), 601,864 bytes, 602,944 bytes or, as the case may be, 502,064 bytes.
It is the McODS service: McAfee Scanner.
The application does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The mcods file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. Mcods.exe was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. Mcods.exe is capable of supervise programs. For this reason, 7% 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 mcods.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 mcods?

It is a McAfee program, something about quickly scanning. Can be deleted if wanted
it is the nonvisible part of mcafee virus scan that presents during a virus scan. it is safe
L. Smith
McAfee - scans for virus but hogs CPU. You can use Task Manager to increase priority of other processes over mcods.exe.
memory usage
McAfee virus scan, safe
It is consuming CPU processes on my Mom's netbook / Vist
Marian Stasney
mcods.exe is a process belonging to McAfee VirusScan which protects your computer against Internet-bound threats such as spyware and trojans which can be distributed through e-mail or attack directly to the computer allowing unauthorized access to your computer.

Summary: 4 users judge mcods.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net

How to uninstall McAfee LiveSafe Internet Security or McAfee Internet Security Suite

To remove McAfee VirusScan On-Demand Scan from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate McAfee LiveSafe Internet Security or McAfee Internet Security Suite in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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mcods.exe McAfee VirusScan On-Demand Scan fix

How to tell if mcods.exe (McAfee VirusScan On-Demand Scan) 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 VirusScan On-Demand Scan. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for McAfee VirusScan On-Demand Scan 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 mcods.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.

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