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What percent of users and experts removed it?
40% remove it60% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,588
United States Rank #4,636
Reach 0.1144%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 3.25 days
95.91 days >
Average installed length: 50.39 days


3.7.206 72.20%
3.7.204 1.20%
3.7.203 13.13%
3.7.199 13.48%

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SiteAdvisor is a software program developed by McAfee. The most common release is 3.7.206, 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. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. In the Google Chrome browser, it will add an extension. The setup package generally installs about 49 files and is usually about 16.85 MB (17,669,729 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 43% of users of SiteAdvisor come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.siteadvisor.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\McAfee\SiteAdvisor
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\McAfee\SiteAdvisor\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 16.85 MB

Program filesFiles installed by SiteAdvisor

  • mfeasins_x64.exe - McAfee Application Statistics (McAfee Application Statistics Maintenance Module)
  • mfeasins_x86.exe
  • sa_cache_sqlite.dll - McAfee Common Framework (McAfee SiteAdisor Core)
  • sa_http_win32.dll
  • sa_mbl.dll
  • sa_store_sqlite.dll
  • sacore.dll
  • sqlite3.dll
  • actutil.exe - McAfee SiteAdvisor (SiteAdvisor)
  • apengine.dll
  • cntscan.dll
  • mcbrwctl.dll
  • mcchhost.exe
  • mcfrmwk.dll
  • mcieplg.dll
  • mcplgui.dll
  • mcsacore.exe
  • mcsacoreps.dll
  • npmcffplg32.dll
  • sahook.dll
  • saoemmgr.exe
  • saplugin.dll
  • sares.dll
  • saset.dll
  • sasshmod.dll
  • sasubmgr.dll
  • saui.exe
  • saupd.exe
  • saupkeep.dll
  • uninstall.exe
  • mcchplg.crx

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.
Network connections
  • mcsacore.exe connects to (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:3.53 MB
Total CPU:0.0001406293%
Kernel CPU:0.00007031%
User CPU:0.00007031%

How do I remove SiteAdvisor?

You can uninstall 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 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 SiteAdvisor.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by SiteAdvisor you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 10 54%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 40%
Keep it 60%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 54.01%
Windows 7 38.41%
Windows Vista 4.92%
Windows XP 2.66%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 37.98%
Windows 7 Home Premium 30.74%
Windows 7 Professional 4.53%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.13%
Windows 8.1 Connected 3.73%
Windows 10 Home 3.20%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.30% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.30%
  Germany 28.26%
  United Kingdom 8.12%
  Canada 3.12%
  France 1.59%
  Brazil 1.52%
  Netherlands 1.45%
  Italy 1.34%
  Australia 1.05%
  Sweden 0.72%
  Spain 0.69%
  India 0.51%
  Austria 0.51%
  Malaysia 0.47%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 34.01%
Dell 26.41%
Hewlett-Packard 12.94%
ASUS 7.25%
Toshiba 6.44%
Medion 5.75%
Lenovo 4.47%
Samsung 1.97%
Common models
Acer Aspire ES1-512 3.59%
MEDION H81H3-EM2 3.05%
Acer Aspire V3-771 2.52%
Dell Inspiron 3847 2.39%
Acer Aspire E5-771G 1.99%
Dell XPS 8700 1.99%

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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