Is mcshield.exe safe or is this malware?

Purpose of mcshield.exe:

mcshield.exe file purpose and description:

Mcshield.exe is a software program which was most likely installed by you at one time or another, but it may also have arrived preinstalled on your computer. The correct file and folder location is also listed below, and should always be verified as spyware and virus writers will often use the same named file or like named files and just locate them elsewhere in attempts to fool you. This mcshield.exe software is from McAfee and is part of your anti-virus checking. It is ok to leave on your system. (Do not terminate as your anti-virus checking will also be affected, unless you are not using McAfee, since this may have come pre installed on your system). (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)

File type:
This is an executable program from McAfee anti-virus.

Where is the file or folder located on my computer?
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\MANAGE~1\VScan\McShield.exe is the folder that this file can be found in.

General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, mcshield.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of mcshield.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!