What does the SAService.exe file do?
The SAService.exe process is also known as SiteAdvisor or, as the case may be, NACService and is a part of McAfee SiteAdvisor or, as the case may be, SiteAdvisor Service. This software is produced by McAfee (www.mcafee.com) or, as the case may be, NAC. An obsolete or defective version of SAService.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- SiteAdvisor has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- SiteAdvisor 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)
- SAService.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module SAService.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about SAService.exe SiteAdvisor
SAService.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. SAService.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 345,376 bytes (53% of all these files), 341,280 bytes as well as 4 other variants.
This particular software does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The SAService file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. It contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. It has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. SAService.exe is capable of track other applications. For this reason, 32% 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 SAService.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 SAService?
|Site Advisor browser ad-on rating sites as safe or unsafe. Protection from adware, spam, viruses, and online scams (further information...) |
|very nice but uses a lot of system resources even when all browsers are closed |
Summary: One user judges SAService.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. source: file.net
How to uninstall McAfee SiteAdvisor or SiteAdvisor Service
To remove SiteAdvisor 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 SiteAdvisor or SiteAdvisor Service in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if SAService.exe (SiteAdvisor) 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 SiteAdvisor. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for SiteAdvisor 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 SAService.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.