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What percent of users and experts removed it?
10% remove it90% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #606
United States Rank #540
Reach 1.1047%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.15 days
505.99 days >
Average installed length: 265.86 days


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3.7.210 3.74%
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McAfee SiteAdvisor

What is McAfee SiteAdvisor?

SiteAdvisor is a service that reports on the safety of web sites by crawling the web and testing the sites it finds for malware and spam. A paid version of McAfee SiteAdvisor, McAfee SiteAdvisor Plus, has extra features. The functionality of SiteAdvisor can be accessed either through a Browser Plugin or by submitting a URL to the website. In addition to selling to the end consumers, McAfee also sells to the web site owners with their McAfee Secure program.

About  (from McAfee)

With SiteAdvisor software installed, your browser will look a little different than before. We add small site rating icons to your search results as well as a browser button and optional search box. Together, these alert you to potentially risky sites and help you find safer alternatives. These site ratings are based o...  Read more


The most common release is 3.7.194, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named uninstall.exe. The setup package generally installs about 38 files and is usually about 9.7 MB (10,168,058 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.siteadvisor.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\McAfee\SiteAdvisor
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\McAfee\SiteAdvisor\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 9.7 MB

Program filesFiles installed by McAfee SiteAdvisor

Program executable:uninstall.exe
Name:McAfee SiteAdvisor
Path:C:\Program Files\McAfee\SiteAdvisor\uninstall.exe
Additional files:
  • mfeasins_x64.exe - McAfee Application Statistics (McAfee Application Statistics Maintenance Module)
  • mfeasins_x86.exe
  • actutil.exe - McAfee SiteAdvisor (SiteAdvisor)
  • mcbrwctl.dll
  • mcchhost.exe
  • mcieplg.dll
  • mcplgui.dll
  • mcsacore.exe
  • mcsacoreps.dll
  • npmcffplg32.dll
  • sahook.dll
  • saoemmgr.exe
  • saplugin.dll
  • sares.dll
  • sasshmod.dll
  • sasubmgr.dll
  • saui.exe
  • saupd.exe
  • saupkeep.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • McIEPlg.dll is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'BSRipCDAudioOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'BearShare.AudioCD' and the action verb 'rip.
Context Menu Handler
  • McIEPlg.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'McCtxMenuFrmWrk' with a class of {CCA9EFD3-29ED-430A-BA6D-E6BBFF0A60C2}.
Google Chrome Plugin
  • npmcffplg32.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npmcffplg32.dll'.
Internet Explorer BHO
  • mcieplg.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'McAfee SiteAdvisor BHO' with the class of {B164E929-A1B6-4A06-B104-2CD0E90A88FF}.
Internet Explorer Extension
  • McIEPlg.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • mcieplg.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'McAfee SiteAdvisor Toolbar' with the class of {0EBBBE48-BAD4-4B4C-8E5A-516ABECAE064} (McAfee SiteAdvisor).
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • mcieplg.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'McAfee SiteAdvisor Toolbar' with a class of {0EBBBE48-BAD4-4B4C-8E5A-516ABECAE064} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • McIEPlg.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Neopets' with a class of {CD292324-974F-4224-D074-CACA427AA030}.
2 Mozilla Plugins
  • McIEPlg.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'McAfee Total Protection' with a plugin key of '@mcafee.com/MSC,version=10' for all users of the PC.
  • NPMcFFPlg32.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'SiteAdvisor Plugin' with a plugin key of '@mcafee.com/SAFFPlugin' for all users of the PC.
  • mcsacore.exe runs as a service named 'McAfee SiteAdvisor Service' (McAfee SiteAdvisor Service) "McAfee SiteAdvisor Service".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • mcsacore.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'mcpltui_exe' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Common~1\McAfee\Platform\mcuicnt.exe" /platui.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • saUI.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files1\mcafee\SITEAD~1\saui.exe'.
Network connections
  • mcsacore.exe connects to sac.gti.mcafee.com ( port 443).
  • mcsacore.exe connects to (port 443).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:7.23 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000321565%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00001274%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00001941%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:446,651
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:221 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:116 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:15.75 MB
Total CPU:0.0003460004%
Kernel CPU:0.00019222%
User CPU:0.00015378%
Memory:2.24 MB
Total CPU:0.0015041825%
Kernel CPU:0.00060587%
User CPU:0.00089831%
CPU cycles/sec:13,407

How do I remove McAfee SiteAdvisor?

You can uninstall McAfee SiteAdvisor 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 SiteAdvisor, 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 SiteAdvisor.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by McAfee SiteAdvisor you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 43%
Win 8 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 45.28%
Windows 10 41.95%
Windows Vista 8.64%
Windows XP 4.13%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 33.68%
Windows 8.1 25.90%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.92%
Windows 7 Professional 5.09%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.18%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.01%

Distribution by countryGeography

54.25% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 54.25%
  United Kingdom 8.80%
  Canada 4.45%
  Germany 4.24%
  France 2.35%
  Italy 2.10%
  Brazil 2.07%
  Netherlands 1.84%
  Australia 1.74%
  India 1.08%
  Belgium 1.07%
  Spain 1.07%
  Sweden 1.06%
  Japan 0.89%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 37.61%
Dell 22.34%
Hewlett-Packard 15.60%
Toshiba 9.40%
ASUS 7.08%
Lenovo 4.39%
Samsung 0.81%
Medion 0.68%
Intel 0.64%
Common models
Acer Aspire ES1-512 3.77%
Acer Aspire E5-571 3.12%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.73%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.73%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.04%
Dell Inspiron 1545 1.92%

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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