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What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #33,363
United States Rank #21,021
Reach 0.0038%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.99 days
383.16 days >
Average installed length: 201.32 days


VersionDistribution 5.41% 5.41% 89.19%

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What is SecurityScan?  (from McAfee)

McAfee Security Scan is a free tool that automatically checks and reports if your PC is protected. Your PC's security status is determined by the state of your anti-virus and firewall protection. Your security software may be switched off or become out of date without you realizing. Or, you may not have security soft...  Read more


SecurityScan 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. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to 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). 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 software installer includes 25 files and is usually about 11.37 MB (11,923,068 bytes). McUpdater.dll is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows XP. While about 83% of users of SecurityScan come from the United States, it is also popular in India and Israel.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: home.mcafee.com/downloads/free-virus-scan
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\mcafee security scan
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\McAfee Security Scan\uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 11.37 MB

Program filesFiles installed by SecurityScan

  • uninstall.exe - McAfee Security Scan Plus (McAfee Security Scan Plus Installer)
  • AVScanComponent.dll - McAfee Security Scanner + (AV Scan Component)
  • McAfeeMSS_IE.dll - Quick Browser Identifier for MSS+ Tool
  • McCHSvc.exe - Component Host Service
  • McInstallerRes.dll - Light Installer Html Resource Dll
  • McInstallerRes_LD.dll - Light Installer localization Resource Dll
  • McInstallerStartup.dll - Light Installer Start Up dll
  • McUpdater.dll - Updater
  • npMcAfeeMSS.dll - McAfee MSS+ NPAPI Plugin
  • SecurityScanner.dll - Security Scanner Startup DLL
  • SSScheduler.exe - McAfee Security Scanner Scheduler
  • WebInfoScanner.dll - Security Scanner Web Info Scan DLL
  • WMIScanner.dll - WMI Scan Component
  • sa_cache_sqlite.dll - McAfee Common Framework (McAfee SiteAdisor Core)
  • sa_http_win32.dll
  • sa_mbl.dll
  • sa_store_sqlite.dll
  • sacore.dll
  • SecurityScanner_LD.dll - McAfee Security Scanner (Security Scanner LD)
  • sqlite3.dll
  • SSCustom_LD.dll - Security Scanner Custom LD
  • mcbrwsr2.dll - McAfee SecurityCenter (McAfee Web Browser Control)
  • mcuicnt.exe - McAfee UI Container (McAfee HTML UI Container)
  • mcscan32.dll - McScan (AV Scanning Engine)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • npMcAfeeMSS.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npMcAfeeMss.dll'.
Internet Explorer BHO
  • McAfeeMSS_IE.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'MSS+ Identifier' with the class of {0E8A89AD-95D7-40EB-8D9D-083EF7066A01}.
Mozilla Plugin
  • npMcAfeeMSS.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@mcafee.com/McAfeeMssPlugin' with a plugin key of '@mcafee.com/McAfeeMssPlugin' for all users of the PC.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • McUICnt.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{EB329B95-F63D-4130-991B-F399298D97E0}' (runs on registration).
  • SSScheduler.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{9759DD8F-2C5D-4306-AF95-198906494841}' (runs on registration).
  • McCHSvc.exe runs as a service named 'McAfee Security Scan Component Host Service' (McComponentHostService) "McAfee Security Scan Component Host Service".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • mcuicnt.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'mcpltui_exe' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Common Files\McAfee\Platform\mcuicnt.exe" /platui.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • SSScheduler.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\McAfee Security Scan\3.0.285\SSScheduler.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.39 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0010166183%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00038336%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00063326%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,042
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:336 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:42 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:17.86 MB
Total CPU:0.0000510306%
Kernel CPU:0.00002238%
User CPU:0.00002865%
CPU cycles/sec:158,140
I/O reads/min:87 KB
I/O writes/min:3 Bytes
Memory:10.82 MB
Total CPU:0.0419395931%
Kernel CPU:0.02006562%
User CPU:0.02187398%
CPU cycles/sec:363,778
I/O reads/min:54.12 KB
I/O writes/min:34.11 KB

How do I remove SecurityScan?

You can uninstall SecurityScan 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 SecurityScan, 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 SecurityScan.

How do I reset my web browser?

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

Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win XP 1%
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 68.92%
Windows XP 16.22%
Windows Vista 8.11%
Windows 10 6.76%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 47.95%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.07%
Microsoft Windows XP 15.07%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.85%
Windows 7 Professional 5.48%
Windows 8 Pro 4.11%

Distribution by countryGeography

83.19% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 83.19%
  India 4.42%
  Israel 1.77%
  Saudi Arabia 1.77%
  Singapore 0.88%
  Brazil 0.88%
  Thailand 0.88%
  Belgium 0.88%
  Australia 0.88%
  Russia 0.88%
  Kuwait 0.88%
  Spain 0.88%
  Germany 0.88%
  United Kingdom 0.88%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 37.50%
Dell 23.21%
Acer 14.29%
Toshiba 7.14%
Intel 5.36%
ASUS 3.57%
Samsung 1.79%
Gateway 1.79%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.28%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.28%
HP-Pavilion KZ852AV-ABA a... 1.64%
HP-Pavilion BM384AA-ABA a... 1.64%
HP-Pavilion BK139AA-ABA 6... 1.64%
HP G62 Notebook PC 1.64%

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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