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What does the SiteAdv.exe file do?

The SiteAdv.exe process is also known as SiteAdvisor and is a part of McAfee SiteAdvisor or, as the case may be, Securexam Student. This software is produced by McAfee (www.mcafee.com). An obsolete or defective version of SiteAdv.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 SiteAdv.exe SiteAdvisor

SiteAdv.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. SiteAdv.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 36,640 bytes (50% of all these files), 36,904 bytes, 35,992 bytes, 35,416 bytes or, as the case may be, 35,928 bytes.
This particular software does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. SiteAdv.exe possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. SiteAdv.exe has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. It was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). For this reason, 28% 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 SiteAdv.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 SiteAdv?

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Summary: 7 users judge SiteAdv.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 Securexam Student

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To remove SiteAdvisor from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for McAfee SiteAdvisor or Securexam Student in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if SiteAdv.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 SiteAdv.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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