What is McApExe.exe?

The genuine McApExe.exe file is a software component of McAfee SecurityCenter by McAfee.
McAfee Access Protection is a component of McAfee VirusScan Enterprise. Mcapexe.exe runs the McAfee Access Protection software. This is a genuine process and should not be removed unless known to cause problems.

McAfee Access Protection provides users with the flexibility to not only reduce potential outbreaks, but also close ports, monitor applications and email engines, trace and block infected sources and block files and directories. Additionally, this utility uses predefined and user-defined rules to prevent any unwanted changes from occurring and blocking of essential McAfee processes and services.

McAfee Inc. was established in 1987 by John McAfee. The company provides computer security software company for a global audience. McAfee is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and specializes in creating a wide range of digital security tools for personal computers, server devices and mobile devices. The company was referred to as the Intel Security Group between 2014 and 2017, and currently has approximately 6500 employees, and was acquired by TPG Capital for $1.1 billion.

McAPExe stands for McAfee Access Protection Executable

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 McApExe.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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McApExe.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with McApExe
McApExe.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as McAfee Access Protection belongs to software McAfee SecurityCenter or McAfee LiveSafe – Internet Security or McAfee Internet Security or McAfee VSCore Platform by McAfee (

Description: McApExe.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. McApExe.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—normally C:\Program Files\McAfee\MSC\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 562,200 bytes (34% of all occurrences), 178,528 bytes and 6 more variants. 
The process runs as background service McAPExe: McAfee AP Service.
The program is not visible. It is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. It is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with McApExe.exe occur, you can do the following:
  1) safely remove the program using the uninstall program of McAfee Internet Security or McAfee LiveSafe – Internet Security (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) go to the software publisher,, for advice.

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If McApExe.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 13% dangerous. The file size is 834,152 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 963,176 bytes, 728,808 bytes or 729,320 bytes. The program is not visible. The McApExe.exe file is digitally signed. McApExe.exe is not a Windows core file.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with McApExe.exe occur, you can do the following:
  1) safely remove the program using the uninstall program of McAfee, Inc. (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) go to the software publisher,, for advice.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as McApExe.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the McApExe.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.


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Best practices for resolving McApExe issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with McApExe. 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 McApExe.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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