What does the MSKAgent.exe file do?
The MSKAgent.exe process is also known as McAfee SpamKiller Agent Interface module and is a part of McAfee SpamKiller or, as the case may be, McAfee Virtual Technician. 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 MSKAgent.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- MSKAgent.exe has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- MSKAgent.exe 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)
- MSKAgent.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module MSKAgent.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about MSKAgent.exe MSKAgent.exe
MSKAgent.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. MSKAgent.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" - e.g. C:\Program Files\McAfee\spamkiller\.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 110,592 bytes (84% of all these files), 98,304 bytes, 126,976 bytes or, as the case may be, 106,496 bytes.
It also can also affect other applications by changing their properties. Such manipulation can cause an application to do things other than what it is intended to do. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. This MSKAgent.exe process is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run, Run). The MSKAgent file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. For this reason, 74% 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 MSKAgent.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 MSKAgent?
|Part of McAfee Spam Killer |
|Part og the McAfee SpamKiller |
|it is a mcafee app I dl'd |
|Part of the McAfee SpamKiller (McAfee SecurityCenter) (further information...) |
|This process should not be terminated to keep you safe from unsolicited e-mails. |
Summary: 12 users judge MSKAgent.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net
How to uninstall McAfee SpamKiller or McAfee Virtual Technician
To remove MSKAgent.exe 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 SpamKiller or McAfee Virtual Technician in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if MSKAgent.exe (MSKAgent.exe) 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 MSKAgent.exe. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for MSKAgent.exe 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 MSKAgent.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.