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McAfee AntiSpyware

What is McAfee AntiSpyware?  (from McAfee)

Protect your users and systems from spyware before it gets a foothold. Reduce the risks associated with spyware—identity theft, network corruption, loss of productivity, and slower Internet access—with industrial-strength McAfee AntiSpyware. Our award-winning on-access scanning technology stops spyware in its tracks be...  Read more


McAfee AntiSpyware is a software program developed by McAfee. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. 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 setup package generally installs about 9 files and is usually about 1.67 MB (1,754,296 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows XP. While about 90% of users of McAfee AntiSpyware come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.mcafee.com
Help link: www.mcafeehelp.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\McAfee\McAfee AntiSpyware\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{F39A74A0-FAE2-401C-AED1-1C941AA28EA8}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.67 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by McAfee AntiSpyware

  • MscsubClnt.dll (by Networks Associates, Technology) - McAfee Security Center Client
  • McSpy.exe (by Network Associates) - McAfee AntiSpyware (McAfee AntiSpyware Launcher)
  • Mscsubclnres.dll (by Networks Associates, Technology) - McAfee Security Center Client Resource Library
  • Msscli.exe (by Network Associates) - McAfee AntiSpyware RealTime Client
  • MssShell.dll - McAfee AntiSpyware Explorer Shell extension
  • Msssrv.exe - McAfee AntiSpyware RealTime Service
  • MssUI.dll - McAfee AntiSpyware User Interface Module
  • MssUIRes.dll - McAfee AntiSpyware Resource Module
  • PSAPI.DLL (by Microsoft) - Microsoft(R) Windows NT(TM) Operating System (Process Status Helper)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • McSpy.exe is scheduled as a task named 'McAfee AntiSpyware' (runs weekly on Fridays at 9:00 PM).
  • Msssrv.exe runs as a service named 'McAfee AntiSpyware Real-Time Scanner' (McAfeeAntiSpyware).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • Msscli.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name '_AntiSpyware' which loads as C:\Program Files\McAfee\McAfee AntiSpyware\MssCli.exe.

How do I remove McAfee AntiSpyware?

You can uninstall McAfee AntiSpyware 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 AntiSpyware, 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 AntiSpyware.

Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win XP 40%
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 60.00%
Windows XP 40.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 50.00%
Windows 7 Home Premium 50.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

90.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 90.00%
  Canada 10.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Lenovo 25.00%
Hewlett-Packard 25.00%
Gateway 25.00%
Acer 25.00%
Common models
LENOVO 10243VU 25.00%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 25.00%
Gateway 842GM ... 25.00%
BIOSTAR Group N61PB-M2S 25.00%

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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