What is McClientAnalytics.exe?

The genuine McClientAnalytics.exe file is a software component of McAfee Investigator by McAfee.
McAfee Investigator is a cloud-based threat analysis engine. McClientAnalytics.exe runs a process associated with McAfee Investigator. This is not a required Windows component and may be safely removed if known to cause problems.

McAfee Investigator is a tool designed for data analysts and security experts that uses machine-learning algorithms to resolve threats by automating manual and low-priority investigative tasks relating to collection, manipulation, and communication of data in a networked environment.

McAfee, Inc. is an American software developer that specializes in security, cybersecurity, threat analysis software, and online security services.It is currently the world's largest company that is dedicated solely to the research and development of security software. Founded in 1987 by John McAfee as McAfee Associates, the company was acquired on February 28, 2011 by Intel for $7.68 billion. In 2017, Intel turned the company into a standalone enterprise but continues to own a 49% stake. McAfee is currently headquartered in Santa Clara, California, USA.

McClientAnalytics stands for McAfee Client Analytics

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 McClientAnalytics.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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McClientAnalytics.exe file information

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

The process known as AnalyticsSDK belongs to software McAfee Analytics SDK by Intel Security or McAfee (

Description: McClientAnalytics.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file McClientAnalytics.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" (e.g. C:\Program Files\Common Files\McAfee\ClientAnalytics\Legacy\ or C:\Program Files\Common Files\McAfee\ClientAnalytics\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,326,960 bytes (26% of all occurrences), 1,752,992 bytes and 9 more variants. 
The process runs as service, and the service name is ClientAnalyticsService.
The program is not visible. The McClientAnalytics.exe file is digitally signed. The McClientAnalytics.exe file is not a Windows core file. McClientAnalytics.exe is a Verisign signed file. McClientAnalytics.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 4% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall the program McAfee, Inc., or ask the software vendor for support. Click on McAfee, Inc. in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it.

Recommended: Identify McClientAnalytics.exe related errors

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

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