What is m4lic.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the m4lic.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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M4lic.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with m4lic
M4lic.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as M4LIC.EXE belongs to software MacDrive (version 8) by Mediafour (

Description: M4lic.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. M4lic.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files"—for instance C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Mediafour\. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 205,312 bytes. 
It runs as service M4LIC in the background.
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with m4lic.exe, you can remove the entire program MacDrive 8 using Windows Control Panel or ask Customer Support to assist you.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as m4lic.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the m4lic.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Allows Windows systems read/write access to Mac (HFS+) formatted drives.
  Stephen Cox   (further information)
Mediafour makes MacDrive which allows access to NFS+ formatted media. If you use Bootcamp and/or have a Mac, this program is safe.
  Sephron   (further information)
M4Lic is a progra

Summary: Average user rating of m4lic.exe: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think m4lic.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving m4lic issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with m4lic. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the m4lic.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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