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What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #26,343
United States Rank #22,022
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VersionDistribution 0.81% 0.81% 2.42% 4.03% 9.68% 0.81% 19.35% 3.23% 18.55% 13.71% 1.61% 13.71% 1.61% 3.23% 0.81% 4.84%

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McAfee Virus and Spyware Protection Service


McAfee Virus and Spyware Protection Service 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. 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. The programs's main executable is xtray.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 4.34 MB of memory. It also adds an icon to the Windows notifications area in order to provide access to the program. The software installer includes 19 files and is usually about 9.52 MB (9,986,236 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows XP. While about 52% of users of McAfee Virus and Spyware Protection Service come from the United States, it is also popular in Israel and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files1\McAfee\MANAGE~1\VScan
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files1\McAfee\MANAGE~1\Agent\myinx /Script=C:\Program Files1\McAfee\MANAGE~1\VScan\vsasap.inx /Section=DefaultUninstall
Estimated size: 9.52 MB

Program filesFiles installed by McAfee Virus and Spyware Protection Service

Program executable:xtray.exe
Name:McAfee® Total Protection™ Service
XTray Application
Signed by:McAfee
Path:C:\Program Files\mcafee\managed virusscan\desktopui\xtray.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
Additional files:
  • DesktopUIPolicyPlugin.dll
  • dtUser.exe (by APN) - DtUser
  • FWTrayPlugin.dll - FWTrayPlugin Module
  • McAfeeWin32GUISupportDLL.dll - McAfee System Tray (McTray Support Library)
  • mfevtpa.dll - SYSCORE (McAfee VTP Service Communication)
  • NotificationsTrayPlugin.dll - NotificationsTrayPlugin Module
  • OEMExtnPlugin.dll
  • searchresultsDx.dll - dtx Dynamic Link Library
  • searchresultstb.dll (by APN) - DTX Toolbar (DTX kernel Module)
  • SecurityCenterSyncPlugin.dll - Security Center Sync Plugin DLL
  • TOPSConsole.exe - TPS Console Application
  • TOPSGUIPlugin2.dll
  • TotalLib.dll - TotalLibrary
  • TPSFirewallUI.dll - TPSFirewallUI Module
  • uninstall.exe - Music Toolbar (Dist. by iMesh, Inc.) (Music Toolbar (Dist. by iMesh, Inc.) Installer)
  • VSTrayPlugin.dll - VSTrayPlugin Module
  • VSUI.dll - VirusScan User Interface Plugin
  • Win32RenderingEngine.dll - Win32 Rendering Engine DLL

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • searchresultsDx.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Music Toolbar (Dist. by iMesh, Inc.)' with the class of {0307351f-b2d7-41f2-b44a-8af7d9d90a18}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • searchresultsDx.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Music Toolbar (Dist. by iMesh, Inc.)' with the class of {0307351f-b2d7-41f2-b44a-8af7d9d90a18}.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • XTray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'MVS Splash' which loads as "C:\Program Files\McAfee\Managed VirusScan\DesktopUI\XTray.exe".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • dtUser.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Music Toolbar\Datamngr\SRECE3~7\IE\dtUser.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.34 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001058218%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00009654%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00000928%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:19,064
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:17 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:25 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove McAfee Virus and Spyware Protection Service?

You can uninstall McAfee Virus and Spyware Protection Service 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 Virus and Spyware Protection Service, 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 Virus and Spyware Protection Service.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by McAfee Virus and Spyware Protection Service you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 63%
Win XP 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.94%
Windows XP 23.39%
Windows Vista 6.45%
Windows Server 2003 1.61%
Windows 10 1.61%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 44.35%
Microsoft Windows XP 23.39%
Windows 7 Home Premium 14.52%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.03%
Windows 7 Enterprise 3.23%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 2.42%

Distribution by countryGeography

52.47% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 52.47%
  Israel 16.67%
  United Kingdom 4.94%
  France 2.47%
  India 2.47%
  Italy 2.47%
  Australia 2.47%
  Canada 1.85%
  Spain 1.85%
  Germany 1.23%
  Japan 1.23%
  Ireland 1.23%
  Netherlands 1.23%
  United Arab Emirates 1.23%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 42.86%
Hewlett-Packard 31.63%
Intel 7.14%
Lenovo 4.08%
Compaq 2.04%
ASUS 1.02%
Apple 1.02%
Toshiba 1.02%
American Megatrends 1.02%
Common models
Dell Latitude E5500 7.27%
Dell Latitude E5510 4.55%
HP Compaq 6005 Pro SFF PC 2.73%
Dell Inspiron 546 1.82%
MSI IB-7592 1.82%
Dell Latitude E5520 1.82%

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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