Is mcupdate.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of mcupdate.exe:









File purpose and description:

McUpdate.exe is a program that will be found on many computers, this may have even arrived as preinstalled software on your computer when you first purchased it. The proper disk location for this file is listed below, as we always list the proper disk location so you can verify it is not spyware or virus related. Always verify the file location as spyware and virus programs are often similiar or same names, and just placed elsewhere on your computer in an attempt to fool you. This mcupdate.exe program is from McAfee software and is part of your antivirus package. The main purpose is to make sure your antivirus dat files are updated to find the latest viruses and trojans. This file is not considered to be spyware, virus, or adware related. (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)
mcupdate.exe

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

File or folder location:
This file will be found at C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcupdate.exe


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, mcupdate.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 mcupdate.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!