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Should I remove McAfee Security Scan Plus?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #53
United States Rank #58
Reach 8.2176%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.86 days
261.41 days >
Average installed length: 137.35 days


VersionDistribution 0.52% 3.64% 0.01% 1.56% 3.37% 3.54% 0.02% 0.42% 37.90% 9.83% 0.10% 11.70% 2.46%
3.0.318.3 12.73%
3.0.313.1 0.21% 0.38% 6.34% 0.03% 0.01% 0.26% 0.55% 0.01% 0.00% 0.02% 2.77% 0.01% 0.45% 0.00% 1.17%

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McAfee Security Scan Plus

What is McAfee Security Scan Plus?  (from McAfee)

McAfee Security Scan Plus is a free diagnostic tool that ensures you are protected from threats by actively checking your computer for up-to-date anti-virus, firewall, and web security software. It also scans for threats in any open programs.


McAfee Security Scan Plus is a program developed by McAfee. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is McCHSvc.exe. The software installer includes 28 files and is usually about 11.5 MB (12,056,961 bytes). McUpdater.dll is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 8. While about 50% of users of McAfee Security Scan Plus come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/freescan.aspx
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\mcafee security scan
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\McAfee Security Scan\uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 11.5 MB

Program filesFiles installed by McAfee Security Scan Plus

Program executable:McCHSvc.exe
Name:McAfee Security Scanner
Component Host Service
Signed by:McAfee
Path:C:\Program Files\mcafee security scan\3.0.229\McCHSvc.exe
Component Host Service is part of McAfee SecurityCenter, a security solution that allows users to monitor their computer's security status and to know instantly whether their computer's virus, spyware, e-mail, and firewall protection...
Additional files:
  • uninstall.exe - McAfee Security Scan Plus (McAfee Security Scan Plus Installer)
  • AVScanComponent.dll - McAfee Security Scanner + (AV Scan Component)
  • McAfeeMSS_IE.dll - Quick Browser Identifier for MSS+ Tool
  • McCHSvc.exe - Component Host Service
  • McInstallerRes.dll - Light Installer Html Resource Dll
  • McInstallerRes_LD.dll - Light Installer localization Resource Dll
  • McInstallerStartup.dll - Light Installer Start Up dll
  • McUpdater.dll - Updater
  • npMcAfeeMSS.dll - McAfee MSS+ NPAPI Plugin
  • SecurityScanner.dll - Security Scanner Startup DLL
  • SecurityScanner_LD.dll - Security Scanner LD
  • SSScheduler.exe - McAfee Security Scanner Scheduler
  • WebInfoScanner.dll - Security Scanner Web Info Scan DLL
  • WMIScanner.dll - WMI Scan Component
  • sa_cache_sqlite.dll - McAfee Common Framework (McAfee SiteAdisor Core)
  • sa_http_win32.dll
  • sa_mbl.dll
  • sa_store_sqlite.dll
  • sacore.dll
  • sqlite3.dll
  • SSCustom_LD.dll - McAfee Security Scanner (Security Scanner Custom LD)
  • mcbrwsr2.dll - McAfee SecurityCenter (McAfee Web Browser Control)
  • mcuicnt.exe - McAfee UI Container (McAfee)
  • mcscan32.dll - McScan (AV Scanning Engine)
  • mscan64a.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • npMcAfeeMSS.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npMcAfeeMss.dll'.
Internet Explorer BHO
  • McAfeeMSS_IE.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'MSS+ Identifier' with the class of {0E8A89AD-95D7-40EB-8D9D-083EF7066A01}.
Mozilla Plugin
  • npMcAfeeMSS.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name [email protected]/McAfeeMssPlugin' with a plugin key of [email protected]/McAfeeMssPlugin' for all users of the PC.
3 Scheduled Tasks
  • uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D690039C-E557-44BA-908D-D477192E409F}' (runs on registration).
  • McUICnt.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{EB329B95-F63D-4130-991B-F399298D97E0}' (runs on registration).
  • SSScheduler.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{A03C9F78-6F67-4CCB-9D58-79B54C929075}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • SSScheduler.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named McAfee Security Scan Plus.lnk_FolderCommonAppdata.
  • McCHSvc.exe runs as a service named 'McAfee Security Scan Component Host Service' (McComponentHostService) "McAfee Security Scan Component Host Service".
Startup File (User Run)
  • McUICnt.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'McUICnt.exe' and executes as C:\Program Files\McAfee Security Scan\3.8.150\McUICnt.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • mcuicnt.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'mcpltui_exe' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Common Files\McAfee\Platform\mcuicnt.exe" /platui.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • SSScheduler.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\McAfee Security Scan\3.0.285\SSScheduler.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.3 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000436944%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00002552%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00001818%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:502
8,062,084 average
Memory:4.25 MB
Total CPU:0.0008523134%
Kernel CPU:0.00052047%
User CPU:0.00033184%
CPU cycles/sec:16,995
I/O reads/min:1.16 KB
Memory:9.28 MB
Total CPU:0.0072782867%
Kernel CPU:0.00345791%
User CPU:0.00382037%
CPU cycles/sec:2,115,385
I/O reads/min:20.88 KB
I/O writes/min:6.27 KB

How do I remove McAfee Security Scan Plus?

Quickly and completely remove McAfee Security Scan Plus from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall McAfee Security Scan Plus from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program McAfee Security Scan Plus, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove McAfee Security Scan Plus.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by McAfee Security Scan Plus you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 57%
Win 8 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 62.64%
Windows 8 23.26%
Windows Vista 8.16%
Windows XP 5.92%
Windows 8.1 0.02%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 38.71%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.47%
Windows 8.1 10.46%
Windows 7 Professional 9.17%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.38%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.88%

Distribution by countryGeography

49.56% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 49.56%
  Germany 6.29%
  United Kingdom 4.86%
  Canada 3.44%
  France 3.06%
  Brazil 2.11%
  Australia 1.84%
  Italy 1.81%
  Netherlands 1.37%
  India 1.21%
  Taiwan 1.05%
  Belgium 1.03%
  Sweden 0.93%
  Israel 0.89%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.50%
Dell 22.90%
Acer 17.56%
Toshiba 8.84%
ASUS 8.48%
Lenovo 4.11%
Samsung 3.61%
Intel 1.00%
American Megatrends 0.82%
Medion 0.67%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.22%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.15%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.43%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.17%
Dell Inspiron 1545 3.12%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.75%

About McAfee

McAfee, a subsidiary of Intel Corporation, is a dedicated security technology company that delivers proactive solutions and services to help secure systems, networks, and mobile devices.
Publisher URL: www.mcafee.com

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Anonover a year ago
This program is not really necessary so long as you already have all the proper protections, and really just adds another window to close on startup. It doesn't have that big of a drag on your computer, but i deleted it anyway because it just annoyed me.