What does the McVsShld.exe file do?
The McVsShld.exe process is also known as McAfee VirusScan ActiveShield Resource or, as the case may be, McAfee VirusScan Alerter and is a part of McAfee VirusScan. This software is produced by McAfee (www.mcafee.com) or, as the case may be, Networks Associates Technology (nai.com). An obsolete or defective version of McVsShld.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- McAfee VirusScan ActiveShield Resource has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- McAfee VirusScan ActiveShield Resource 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)
- McVsShld.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module McVsShld.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about McVsShld.exe McAfee VirusScan ActiveShield Resource
McVsShld.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. McVsShld.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" - mainly C:\Program Files\mcafee.com\vso\.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 163,840 bytes (61% of all these files), 262,160 bytes, 361,800 bytes, 259,912 bytes or, as the case may be, 370,608 bytes.
The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. This McVsShld program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). McVsShld.exe is capable of log keyboard entries, hides its presence from system tools as well as track other applications. For this reason, 36% 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 McVsShld.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 McVsShld?
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Summary: 6 users judge McVsShld.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net
How to uninstall McAfee VirusScan
To remove McAfee VirusScan ActiveShield Resource from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for McAfee VirusScan in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if McVsShld.exe (McAfee VirusScan ActiveShield Resource) 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 ActiveShield Resource. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for McAfee VirusScan ActiveShield Resource 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 McVsShld.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.