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What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,564
United States Rank #1,564
Reach 0.4333%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 22.52 days
664.40 days >
Average installed length: 349.09 days


VersionDistribution 0.02% 0.06% 0.01% 0.26% 0.01% 0.01% 0.64% 0.01% 0.83% 0.01% 0.08% 0.18% 1.19% 0.05% 0.04% 0.33% 0.36% 0.06% 0.01% 0.43% 0.54% 0.90% 0.75% 1.01% 0.02% 0.07% 0.01% 0.81% 4.12% 0.01% 12.55% 8.83% 1.92% 1.43% 7.28% 7.49% 2.51% 0.18% 5.76% 2.97% 0.07% 0.01% 1.84% 0.05% 13.84% 0.22% 0.81% 0.20% 1.35% 0.01% 8.78%
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McAfee Agent

What is McAfee Agent?

The McAfee Agent is placed on the taskbar when the McAfee Security Suite or McAfee Internet Security has been installed on a computer. The McAfee Agent offers quick access to specific functions instead of opening the full protection center program. Once the McAfee Agent has been installed, it will show up in the taskbar with the letter M.


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. 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 McTray.exe. The software installer includes 107 files and is usually about 20.62 MB (21,616,698 bytes). McAfeeCommonUpdaterPlugin.dll is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.Mcafee.com
Help link: mysupport.mcafee.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{2AAB21C2-4CDA-4189-A0EC-5ED666113F84}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 20.62 MB

Program filesFiles installed by McAfee Agent

Program executable:McTray.exe
Name:McAfee System Tray
McTray Application
Signed by:McAfee
Path:C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\McTray.exe
McTray Application 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 services...
Additional files:
  • JrMac.dll - McAfee Common Framework (McAfee Security Agent Taskbar Extension Library)
  • McTray.exe - McAfee Security Agent Taskbar Extension
  • mfecurl.dll - CMA CURLLIB
  • mfezlib.dll - CMA ZLIB
  • mfevtpa.dll - SYSCORE. (McAfee VTP Service Communication)
  • McAfeeCommonUpdaterPlugin.dll - McAfee System Tray (McAfee Common Updater)
  • McAfeeWin32GUISupportDLL.dll - McTray Support Library
  • McTrayErrorLoggingPlugin.dll - McTray Error Logging Plugin
  • McTrayEventLog.dll - McTray NT Event Log Support
  • McTrayInstSupp.dll - McTray Installation Support
  • McTrayInterfaceLib.dll - McTray Interface Library
  • McTrayLegacySupportPlugin.dll - McTray Legacy Support DLL
  • McTrayLegacySupportPlugin32.dll
  • Agent.dll - McAfee Agent (Agent Subsystem)
  • AgentPlugin.dll - McAfee Agent Plugin
  • AppLib.dll - MA Application Library
  • ClientUI.dll - Client user interface
  • CMALib.dll - MA Library
  • cmdagent.exe - MA Command Agent Binary
  • ComponentSubsystem.dll - ComponentSubSystem Module
  • ComponentUserInterface.dll - ComponentUserInterface Module
  • cryptshim.dll - McAfee Agent's cryptshim dynamic linking library
  • FrameworkService.exe - Framework Service
  • FrmInst.exe - MA Setup Program
  • Genevtinf3.dll - GenEvtInf Module
  • GenEvtInf3_64.dll
  • genevtinf5_64.dll
  • inetmgr.dll - MA Internet Manager DLL
  • ipcchannel.dll - McAfee Agent ipcchannel DLL
  • LazyCache.dll - Lazy Cache library
  • ListenServer.dll - Listen Server Subsystem
  • Logging.dll - Logging Subsystem
  • ma_aac_service.dll - MA Self Protection
  • ma_ahclient.dll - AH Client Runtime
  • ma_client.dll - MA Client Library
  • ma_configurator.dll - MA Configurator Library
  • ma_crypto.dll - MA crypto Runtime
  • ma_database.dll - MA DB Library
  • ma_datachannel_service.dll - MA Datachannel Service Library
  • ma_datastore.dll - MA datastore library
  • ma_event_service.dll - MA Event Service Library
  • ma_http_server.dll - McAfee Agent http server
  • ma_io_service.dll - MA IO Service Library
  • ma_lockdown_service.dll - MA lockdown Service
  • ma_logger.dll - MA Logger library
  • ma_msgbus.dll - Message Bus Runtime
  • ma_network.dll - MA Network Library
  • ma_p2p.dll - MA P2P Library
  • ma_policy_service.dll - MA Policy Service Library
  • ma_property_service.dll - MA Property Service Library
  • ma_proxy.dll - MA Proxy Library
  • ma_repository.dll - MA Repository Library
  • ma_repository_service.dll - MA Repository Service Library
  • ma_scheduler.dll - Scheduler Runtime
  • ma_sensor_service.dll - ma_sensor Runtime
  • ma_serialization.dll - MA Serialization Library
  • ma_service_manager_client.dll - MA Service Manager Client Library
  • ma_udp_client.dll - MA UDP Client Library
  • ma_udp_server.dll - MA UDP Server Library
  • ma_updater_service.dll - MA Updater Service Library

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • CmdAgent.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Collect and Send Props' (runs daily at 7:58 AM).
4 Services
  • FrameworkService.exe runs as a service named 'Servizio McAfee Framework' (McAfeeFramework) "Framework dei componenti condivisi per i prodotti McAfee".
  • masvc.exe runs as a service named 'McAfee Agent Service' (masvc) "McAfee Agent Service".
  • macmnsvc.exe runs as a service named 'McAfee Agent Common Services' (macmnsvc) "McAfee Agent Common Services".
  • MfeServiceMgr.exe runs as a service named 'McAfeeServiceManager' (McAfeeServiceManager) "McAfeeServiceManager".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • McTray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'McAfee Icon' which loads as "C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\McTray.exe".
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • MfeServiceMgr.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\MfeServiceMgr.exe'.
  • FrameworkService.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe'.
  • McScript_InUse.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\McScript_InUse.exC:*:EnableC:McAfee Agent Script Engine'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:9.57 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001941026%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00013874%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00005536%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:280,734
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:291 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:27 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:4.39 MB
Total CPU:0.0000900555%
Kernel CPU:0.00004906%
User CPU:0.00004100%

How do I remove McAfee Agent?

You can uninstall McAfee Agent 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program McAfee Agent, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 Agent.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 71.32%
Windows 10 17.36%
Windows XP 9.09%
Windows Vista 1.98%
Windows Server 2003 0.25%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 31.65%
Windows 7 Enterprise 20.18%
Windows 7 Home Premium 9.24%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.02%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.65%
Windows 10 Pro 2.76%

Distribution by countryGeography

48.20% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 48.20%
  India 4.83%
  United Kingdom 3.80%
  Germany 3.31%
  France 2.78%
  Canada 2.14%
  Netherlands 2.08%
  Spain 2.01%
  Iran 1.86%
  Belgium 1.79%
  Italy 1.71%
  Israel 1.55%
  Brazil 1.47%
  Saudi Arabia 1.15%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 45.29%
Hewlett-Packard 32.59%
Acer 5.08%
ASUS 3.56%
Lenovo 3.54%
Toshiba 2.96%
Intel 2.76%
Samsung 0.72%
American Megatrends 0.54%
Common models
Dell Latitude E6420 4.99%
Dell Latitude E6430 3.80%
Dell Latitude E6410 2.92%
Dell OptiPlex 7010 2.84%
HP EliteBook 8470p 2.29%
Dell OptiPlex 780 2.18%

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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