What is mcods.exe?

The genuine mcods.exe file is a software component of McAfee VirusScan by McAfee.
mcods.exe is a process belonging to McAfee VirusScan providing protectection for computers against Internet-bound threats such as spyware and trojans which can be distributed through e-mail or an attack directly on a computer allowing unauthorized access.

McODS stands for McAfee VirusScan - On Demand Scan

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 mcods.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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Mcods.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with mcods
Mcods.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as McAfee VirusScan On-Demand Scan belongs to software McAfee LiveSafe – Internet Security or McAfee Internet Security Suite or McAfee® Total Protection or McAfee VirusScan API by McAfee (

Description: Mcods.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Mcods.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—usually C:\Program Files\McAfee\VirusScan\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 601,864 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 679,120 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The process is the service "McODS": McAfee Scanner.
The program is not visible. Mcods.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The mcods.exe file is not a Windows system file. Mcods.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 8% dangerous, but you should also take into account the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of mcods.exe, you may want to uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramMcAfee Internet Security Suite or McAfee Internet Security.

Recommended: Identify mcods.exe related errors

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

Läuft wenn das McAffee Securety cender einen Vieren Scan Duch fürt.
  böser Wolf  
It is a McAfee program, something about quickly scanning. Can be deleted if wanted
it is the nonvisible part of mcafee virus scan that presents during a virus scan. it is safe
  L. Smith  
McAfee - scans for virus but hogs CPU. You can use Task Manager to increase priority of other processes over mcods.exe.
  jimr   (further information)
memory usage
McAfee virus scan, safe
It is consuming CPU processes on my Mom's netbook / Vist
  Marian Stasney  
mcods.exe is a process belonging to McAfee VirusScan which protects your computer against Internet-bound threats such as spyware and trojans which can be distributed through e-mail or attack directly to the computer allowing unauthorized access to your computer.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of mcods.exe: based on 8 votes with 8 user comments. 4 users think mcods.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade mcods.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving mcods issues

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