What is mfevtps.exe?

The genuine mfevtps.exe file is a software component of SYSCORE by McAfee LLC.
"Mfevtps.exe" is McAfee LLC's "Validation Trust Protection Service", part of the "SystemCore" common to multiple McAfee For Enterprise products, including VirusScan Enterprise. It is a Windows service installed by Endpoint Security in "C:\Program Files\Common Files\McAfee\SystemCore", (or "C:\Windows\System32" in some McAfee literature), which loads when the computer starts. All McAfee processes afterward load only if it permits. McAfee introduced the VTP Service in Host Intrusion Prevention 7.0 Patch 3. The critical "McShield" service depends upon it and it depends on the "mfehidk.sys" driver. VTP uses Microsoft cryptographic API's to create a "trusted relationship" among processes to keep falsely-named malware from executing. McAfee says "it is not meant to ever be stopped." Certain key McAfee processes automatically restart because malware tries to kill them. Founded in 1987 by John McAfee, (now unaffiliated), briefly a subsidiary of Intel, (still owning 49%), McAfee LLC regained standalone status in 2017.

MFEVTPS stands for McAfee For Enterprise Validation Trust Protection Service

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 mfevtps.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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Mfevtps.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with mfevtps
Mfevtps.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as McAfee Process Validation Service belongs to software SYSCORE or McAfee or McAfee Validation Trust Protection Service or McAfee VirusScan Enterprise by McAfee (

Description: Mfevtps.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file mfevtps.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 238,288 bytes (12% of all occurrences), 172,416 bytes and 20 more variants. 
It runs as service mfevtp. The service provides validation trust protection services.
The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. The mfevtps.exe file is not a Windows system file. Mfevtps.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to do the following:
  1) uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramMcAfee, Inc. or McAfee VirusScan Enterprise
  2) contact to assist you.

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

MFEVTPS.exe process uses a large amount of memory on startup
  Romeo   (further information)
Can be a problem with XP - see mcafee website below
  J Harrison   (further information)
McAfee Validation Trust Protection Service ensures McAfee processes are secure against vulnerabilies that could be leveraged by an attacker to gain additional privileges on a system.
  Buffy   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of mfevtps.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks mfevtps.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving mfevtps issues

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