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FIMCLI.EXE Using 25% CPU, MCShield Trying to Use 100% CPU

I've been having issues for the past 2-3 weeks where FIMCLI.EXE (which is the Policy Auditor from what I understand) will start and use exactly 25% of my CPU.  Also, occasionally, MCShield will kick in and basically just use all the available CPU power.

I've tried letting them run for a while, but my laptops CPU fan would keep kicking up speed until it sounded like it was trying to take off, and I was worried about overheating.

I can use Task Manager to end FIMCLI, so it's not as big of a deal.  I cannot end MCShield though, and since it is the more problematic one, it's more of an issue.  I can restart my computer to stop it, but it's an inconvenient fix.

I haven't been able to pinpoint exactly what makes either program kick in, so I'm not sure what to try to avoid doing, but I feel like this is odd behavior that should probably nor be happening, but wanted to get some confirmation on this.

Should I just let it run?  Will the process eventually run it's course and stop?  Has anyone else had this happen?

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Re: FIMCLI.EXE Using 25% CPU, MCShield Trying to Use 100% CPU

McShield is the malware scanning component of VirusScan Enterprise. It could be a scheduled scan or real-time access that is triggering McShield.exe activity.

I would first have someone that administers VSE policies check that FIMCLI.EXE is excluded from real-time scanning. You would probably want them to do an exclusion for this based on the process name, because obviously you care a lot about the files the integrity monitor is touching.

If that doesn't resolve the problem, ask the admin to enable debug logging for McShield (it's a Registry tweak). This will show you which processes are requesting access to which files (with timestamps). So, it should be really easy to determine the catalyst for all that activity.

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Re: FIMCLI.EXE Using 25% CPU, MCShield Trying to Use 100% CPU

Yes, make the fimcli.exe a low risk process in the VSE policy...

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