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What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #330
United States Rank #241
Reach 1.8282%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.19 days
241.66 days >
Average installed length: 126.97 days


VersionDistribution 0.01% 0.01% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
4.0.356 1.43%
4.0.354 2.47%
4.0.316 3.80%
4.0.314 0.96%
4.0.279 3.78%
4.0.274 4.14%
4.0.272 0.02%
4.0.266 2.98%
4.0.262 1.88%
4.0.242 0.09%
4.0.235 3.56%
4.0.233 1.95%
4.0.230 0.01%
4.0.228 1.88%
4.0.227 1.99%
4.0.220 0.34%
4.0.216 0.07%
4.0.209 0.97%
4.0.207 7.86%
4.0.206 0.22%
4.0.203 1.90%
4.0.200 1.09%
4.0.199 0.70%
4.0.198 1.63%
4.0.192 1.29%
4.0.190 0.92%
4.0.189 4.12%
4.0.187 0.75%
4.0.186 0.68%
4.0.184 1.18%
4.0.183 4.43%
4.0.181 0.00%
4.0.179 0.17%
4.0.177 0.06%
4.0.173 2.29%
4.0.171 1.58%
4.0.170 1.14%
4.0.167 3.11%
4.0.165 0.03%
4.0.164 1.00%
4.0.163 2.59%
4.0.161 0.99%
4.0.158 0.48%
4.0.157 0.01%
4.0.152 1.99%
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McAfee WebAdvisor


McAfee WebAdvisor is a program developed by McAfee. The most used version is 4.0.207, 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. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft 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). When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. In the Mozilla Firefox browser, it will add an add-on. The software installer includes 40 files and is usually about 17.97 MB (18,837,710 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 62% of users of McAfee WebAdvisor come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Italy.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.siteadvisor.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\McAfee\SiteAdvisor
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\McAfee\SiteAdvisor\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 17.97 MB

Program filesFiles installed by McAfee WebAdvisor

  • mfeasins_x64.exe - McAfee Application Statistics (McAfee Application Statistics Maintenance Module)
  • actutil.exe - McAfee WebAdvisor (SiteAdvisor)
  • DownloadScan.dll
  • mcbrwctl.dll
  • mcchhost.exe
  • mcieplg.dll - WebAdvisor
  • 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
  • uninstall.exe
  • WACToast.dll
  • WSSDep.dll
  • saffplg.xpi
  • siteadvisor.mcafee.chrome.extension.json

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • McIEPlg.dll is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'Jasc Paint Shop Photo Album 5HandleCDBurningOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'JascPaintShopPhotoAlbum5Folder' and the action verb 'BurnCD.
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 WebAdvisor' with the class of {B164E929-A1B6-4A06-B104-2CD0E90A88FF}.
Internet Explorer Extension
  • McIEPlg.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {48A61126-9A19-4C50-A214-FF08CB94995C}.
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.
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.
  • DownloadScan.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Office Authorization' with a plugin key of '@microsoft.com/OfficeAuthz,version=14.0' for all users of the PC.
Scheduled Task
  • saUI.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{AF50A386-ABC5-4623-9989-EC33D1C66119}' (runs on registration).
  • 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 'VideoDownloadConverter Home Page Guard 64 bit' which loads as "C:\Program Files2\VIDEOD~2\bar\1.bin\AppIntegrator64.exe".

How do I remove McAfee WebAdvisor?

You can uninstall McAfee WebAdvisor 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 WebAdvisor, 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 WebAdvisor.

How do I reset my web browser?

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

Win 10 82%
Win 8 0%
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 10 81.69%
Windows 7 18.26%
Windows XP 0.04%
Windows Vista 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 47.91%
Windows 8.1 15.59%
Windows 7 Home Premium 12.62%
Windows 10 Pro 5.67%
Windows 10 Home Single La... 4.24%
Windows 7 Professional 2.88%

Distribution by countryGeography

61.71% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 61.71%
  United Kingdom 7.33%
  Italy 4.32%
  Canada 3.53%
  Germany 3.40%
  France 2.95%
  Netherlands 1.82%
  Brazil 1.72%
  Spain 1.36%
  Australia 1.17%
  Norway 0.83%
  Sweden 0.74%
  Belgium 0.66%
  Singapore 0.61%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 26.66%
Dell 26.53%
ASUS 19.17%
Hewlett-Packard 13.67%
Lenovo 6.00%
Toshiba 5.10%
Samsung 0.97%
Medion 0.91%
Alienware 0.37%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 3847 3.75%
Acer Aspire ES1-512 2.90%
Acer Aspire E5-571 2.28%
Dell XPS 8700 2.24%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.16%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.10%

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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