"QcShm.exe" Process on Windows 7

Q

What is the "QcShm.exe" process on windows 7? Is the "QcShm.exe" process a virus? Can I terminate the "QcShm.exe" process?

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A

"QcShm.exe" process represents "McAfee QuickClean EXE" program. "QcShm.exe" process seems to be created by a service.

"QcShm.exe" process is normally running under the parent process "svchost" as shown in the process tree below:

Boot
   wininit
      services
         svchost
            QcShm

On the Processes tab of "Task Manager", multiple "QcShm.exe" processes may be listed. Don't panic. This seems to be a known issue with McAfee software. See this discussion Multiple copies of Quick CLean (Qcshm.exe) running in the McAfee forum.

Image Name                 Memory   Description
--------------------   ----------   -----------
QcShm.exe                 2,228 K   McAfee QuickClean EXE
QcShm.exe                 8,268 K
QcShm.exe                10,564 K
QcShm.exe                 3,456 K
QcShm.exe                 9,656 K
QcShm.exe                 1,036 K
QcShm.exe                 1,304 K
QcShm.exe                 1,336 K
QcShm.exe                 7,568 K
QcShm.exe                 1,392 K
QcShm.exe                 7,580 K
QcShm.exe                 9,672 K
QcShm.exe                 1,340 K
QcShm.exe                 1,048 K
QcShm.exe                 6,860 K
QcShm.exe                 1,240 K
QcShm.exe                 7,400 K
QcShm.exe                 3,864 K
QcShm.exe                 1,384 K
QcShm.exe                 3,320 K
QcShm.exe                 9,436 K
QcShm.exe                 7,128 K
QcShm.exe                 7,168 K
QcShm.exe                 1,088 K
QcShm.exe                 9,416 K
QcShm.exe                 1,196 K
QcShm.exe                 6,984 K
QcShm.exe                 8,636 K
QcShm.exe                10,144 K
QcShm.exe                12,136 K
QcShm.exe                 3,132 K
QcShm.exe                 3,988 K
QcShm.exe                11,320 K
QcShm.exe                 3,088 K
QcShm.exe                 7,524 K
QcShm.exe                 8,836 K
QcShm.exe                 7,980 K
QcShm.exe                12,176 K
QcShm.exe                11,660 K
QcShm.exe                11,092 K
QcShm.exe                11,876 K

Additional information about "QcShm.exe" process:

Command line:
   "c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee\mqs\qcshm.exe" -Embedding

Programe file information:
   Name: QcShm.exe
   Location: c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee\mqs\qcshm.exe
   Description: McAfee QuickClean EXE
   Version: 15,0,2049,0
   Size: 1820264 bytes
   Last modified: 10/14/2016 3:43:40 AM
   Company Name: McAfee, Inc.
   
Some data files used:
C:\Windows\System32
C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\My
C:\Windows\System32\en-US\KernelBase.dll.mui

Some registry keys used:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Sorting\Versions
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\SESSION MANAGER
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\crypt32
HKU\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\My
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\ROOT
HKU\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\CA
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\CA
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\EnterpriseCertificates\CA

Some DLL libraries used:
C:\windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
C:\windows\system32\kernel32.dll
C:\windows\system32\KERNELBASE.dll
C:\windows\system32\WINTRUST.dll
C:\windows\system32\msvcrt.dll
C:\windows\system32\CRYPT32.dll
C:\windows\system32\MSASN1.dll
C:\windows\system32\RPCRT4.dll
C:\windows\system32\PSAPI.DLL
C:\windows\system32\USER32.dll

"QcShm.exe" process is not a virus. You should not terminate "QcShm.exe" process.

 

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