What is McProxy.exe?

The genuine McProxy.exe file is a software component of McAfee Proxy Service Module by McAfee.
"McProxy.exe" is a file in Windows that is the main executable for the McAfee Proxy Service Module, located within McAfee Internet Security software. The file handles proxy server connections through the McAfee VirusScan software. It passes the Internet connection through McAfee's servers and scans incoming Java code, Active X scripts, etc. to ensure they are safe. The proxy works in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc. to add more security protection when browsing the internet. It runs automatically when web browsing begins. McAfee began as McAfee Associates in 1987 and was bought by Intel in 2010. The company got a new name (Intel Security) in 2014 but remains intact as a subsidiary of Intel that is part of Intel Security. McAfee is a global leader in security technologies related to networks and system structures. They provide many security-related applications to both consumers and businesses, including McAfee Anti-Virus, McAfee Site Advisor, McAfee LiveSafe, McAfee Internet Security, McAfee Advanced Threat Defense, McAfee Complete Endpoint Protection, and tons more.

McProxy stands for McAfee Proxy

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 McProxy.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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McProxy.exe file information

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

The process known as McAfee Proxy Service Module belongs to software McAfee Proxy by McAfee (

Description: McProxy.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file McProxy.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" (common is C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\McAfee\McProxy\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 359,952 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 352,856 bytes or 433,680 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The McProxy.exe file is not a Windows core file. McProxy.exe is able to connect to the Internet, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify McProxy.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as McProxy.exe. Therefore, you should check the McProxy.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

to delete it, go to control panel, click administator tools, than go on services. find mcproxy.exe and then right click it then click on properties. click the drop down menu and change startup type to disbled. then reboot your pc. when your logged back on, search your har drive for common files, then right click McAfee and delete it. your PC should return to normal speed
  Sam Goodman  
Is it safe
It is safe
virus masquerading as this file is a very bad file, slows system right down. Remove it using spybot search and distroy or malware bytes
  Roger Davies   (further information)
It is using 122,420 k of memory right now.
McProxy.exe is a process from McAfee Proxy Service Module

Summary: Average user rating of McProxy.exe: based on 5 votes with 6 user comments. One user thinks McProxy.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. 2 users think McProxy.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade McProxy.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving McProxy issues

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