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What is mcods.exe?

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, The mcods.exe process keeps appearing on my computer’s processes list. Is it a problem?”
- Bryan C., Australia

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer: The mcods.exe process belongs to McAfee Antivirus software. It protects the computer so it is a safe process. Although some malware tries to imitate normal files so that they will not be easily identified as a threat.

What is mcods.exe?

The mcods.exe process is not present on the Windows operating system by default. It is used by the McAfee Anti-Virus software. McAfee products protect the computer from harmful software such as spyware and trojans.

How to Remove mcods.exe?

If you do not want the mcods.exe process to run on your computer due to excessive resource usage, or computer slowdowns. Then you just need to uninstall McAfee Anti-Virus from the computer.

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Is mcods.exe safe?

Since it protects the computer from malware, it is a safe process. So it should not be deleted. Since mcods.exe and other applications store data in your system’s registry, problems occurring due to this process might be due to registry problems. The registry can accumulate invalid entries and affect the computer’s performance. Using a software like WinThruster to scan and fix the registry can solve such problems. It is recommended that the registry is kept in good health to avoid errors.

Checking location of mcods.exe

To do this you will need to launch the Task Manager. To bring-up the Task manager in Windows 7, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete on your keyboard, and press the button labeled ”Start Task Manager“. Be sure to check the spelling of its name “mcods.exe.” In the Processes tab right-click mcods.exe and then click Properties. You should see its path after Location: If it is in c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 then it might be a malicious program. If is found running from such system folders then it might be a malicious program, using an anti-malware program is the solution. Some Anti-spyware software include Spybot – Search & Destroy, and WinThruster.

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Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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