Resolving McAfee Common Framework error ffffff?? @ ?

26 Dec in Virus
  • KB44915 ERROR: McAfee Common Framework returned error ffffffdf @3 (OLE32.DLL not registered with Nero AG)
  • 5432392 McAfee Common Framework returned error fffff95b @ 2. (FrameworkManifest.xml corrupt)
  • KB45059 ERROR: McAfee Common Framework returned error fffff9be @ 3 (ScriptSubSys.dll not registered)
  • KB45060 ERROR: McAfee Common Framework returned error fffff9be @ 3 (UpdateSubSys.dll not registered)
  • KB47724 ERROR: McAfee Common Framework returned error fffff9be @ 3 (InternetManager.dll not registered)
  • KB45172 ERROR: "McAfee Common Framework returned error fffff9be @ 3" (issue: UserSpace.dll)
  • KB45575 ERROR: McAfee Common Framework returned error fffff95b @


If you have gotten any of these errors when you tried to update McAfee 8.0 then here is the solution. Personally, I have gotten this one: 5432392 McAfee Common Framework returned error fffff95b @ 2. (FrameworkManifest.xml corrupt)


To fix this what you need to do is technically restart the McAfee Framework Service. To do this;

1. Click Start, Run, and type services.msc.

2. Select the McAfee Framework Service. (You may have to scroll up or down to find this)

3. Click on McAfee Framework Service so it's bolded, then right-click and choose Properties.

4. After you have chosen Properties, a box should appear. In this box there is this "Option" in the middle of the box that says "Startup Type." "Manual, automatic, or disabled."

5. Click the down-pointing arrow and choose "Manual"

6 A new option should appear if not already there, that say's "Start, Stop, Pause, Resume"

7. Click Start and wait a few seconds.

8. Now that's out of the way, UPDATE YOUR MCAFEE!!!!! I don't know how many times I've said this, but people just don't listen. Now you're all set to go.

-Good Luck

----How Come McAfee didn't work in the first place?----

Explanation: Malware, virus, or spyware. That's it. Some smart dude found a way to turn off your everyday Virus scanners/spyware scanners. Here is what I read once on the internet:

"Parasite assaults have started coming in the waves. At present, many kinds of exploitative malware have learned to disable most standard cleaning tools, hide themselves more effectively, and generally becoming more stubborn and resistant. As with biological infections, it is likely that sometimes the germs will have the advantage and sometimes the antibiotics."

Yell Very very annoying don't you think?



Belal Jan's picture

after doing the above, I got

after doing the above, I got this message: Unable to Open McAfee Service framework for writing on local computer. Error 5. Access denied.

What should I do

Denis not logged in's picture

Well there isn't much else I

Well there isn't much else I could do for you. If your McAfee still doesn't turn on, then even though its disabled, right+click the system icon tray and click disable McAfee, and it should be disabled still, then right+click the icon tray again and it should say Enable McAfee, click that and it should work. If not, I'd say there is spyware or malware that is automatically shutting down McAfee, and therefore will not let you run it. I suggest running this program, "Spybot." It is a free spy-ware remover and works great! Make sure you update it asap. Here is the link:

Hope it works for you.


firstov's picture

if this is not related to

if this is not related to the virus or malware preventing running your McAfee you need to un-install it, reboot and install it again.
Spybot IMHO is the best tool to check your PC against malware.

Anonymous's picture

This is no solution

Everyone likes this service to be (remain) automatic, not manual...

firstov's picture

Well, almost nobody wants to

Well, almost nobody wants to do anything, especially fixing their own PCs. Just don't complain if somebody will transfer $$ from your bank account or use your credit card only because you had some keylogger installed on your PC while you were doing online shopping or banking.

So there are only a few solutions:

  1. Reformat your hard drive and reinstall your Windows OS from scratch
  2. Use Linux or Apple OSX (they are safer)
  3. Use some tool to clean your PC from spyware (as shown below)

These are the steps to check if your PC is infected with some malware program

  1. Download (free) Spybot-S&D program from
  2. Run it and using their 1-2-3 steps update the rules database and clean your computer.
    I've seen it detected and deleted more than 700 trojans/spyware programs on one PC, which actually had some useless anti virus software installed.
  3. At this point you need to reboot your computer and re-install McAfee software, then update virus definitions.
    If it fails to start-up I usually uninstall the software, reboot the PC then install it again. Unfortunately Windows architecture is very far from ideal, and occasionally your PC needs fresh Windows install...

I copy/pasted Spybot-S&D (Search and Destroy) features list below.

Removal of adware and spyware
Removal of dialers
Removal of keyloggers
Removal of trojans and other baddies
Removal of usage tracks
User-extendable database Yes  
Save removal of threats by shredding them Yes  
Backups of every removed problem Yes  
Exclude option to ignore specific problems Yes (1)  
Permanent blocking of threatening ActiveX downloads
Permanent blocking of known tracking cookies for IE
Permanent blocking of threating downloads in IE
Command line parameters to automate tasks Yes  
Number of targets > 600  
Number of detection files and entries > 10000  
Detailed information about problems found Yes  
Strict criteria to define targets Yes  
Integrated update function
Weekly updates
Update notification by mail
Free email & forum support Yes  


ashu's picture

mcafee 8.0 update

dear denis, i have been recieving the fffff95b@2 error and after doing what you suggested it shows the message " the mcafee framework service started and stopped" and the purpose is not solved. how do i go abt it?

Bitmap111's picture

McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.0.0

I cant start mcafee update at first place, it gives an error
"Failed to initialize common updateer subsystem. Make sure the McAfee Framework service is running. McAfee Common Framework returned error 80080005@2"

firstov's picture

try these steps: install

try these steps:

  1. install "spybot search and destroy" to scan for spyware, adware, hijackers and other malicious software and run a full scan of your PC.
  2. If it finds nothing, please reboot
  3. uninstall McAfee
  4. reboot again
  5. install McAfee
  6. run McAfee update


Anonymous's picture

uninstall mcafee restart go

uninstall mcafee restart
go to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\McAfee\Common Framework, and delete the folder common framework, restart, install mcafee and update.

Anonymous's picture

McAfee Fix Courtesy of Derek

McAfee Fix

Courtesy of Derek Tacconelli

ERROR: McAfee Common Framework returned error ffffffdf @ 3

Solution: 1. Click Start, Run and in the Open field type: CMD

2. In the command window type: Regsvr32.exe %Windir%\System32\Ole32.dll

3. A RegSvr32 popup error states: "DllRegisterServer in C:\WINNT\System32\ole32.dll succeeded"

4. Click OK.


BeeGees's picture

Denis's solution worked fine

Denis's solution worked fine with mine.

denis's picture

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Anonymous's picture

The McAfee Common Framework

The McAfee Common Framework

Anonymous's picture

McAfee Common Framework returned error fffff95b @ 2

Hello friends,

I have gone through several documentations on the internet including this, i have tried almost everything I could but my Mcafee antivirus software won't update. I'm running Mcafee enterprise 8.5.0i on Windows XP pro version 2002 SP2 with DELL Optiplex 755 machine.

I have tried to copy the FrameworkManifest.xml from a working machine but would not work at all, the first thing I realised the common framework folder was not there at all. Re-installing/Repairing Mcafee did not resolve the issue. I decided to copy the whole folder from the working machine and that did not work too. This was after a serious virus attack, I managed to update manually via Superdat file, Scanned and cleaned the machine. Now, it doesn't update and the update button is disabled (faint - unclickable)

Please assist

Anonymous's picture



Anonymous's picture

you are the best

Fixed this after I was able to start framework service automatically

-- Failed to initialize Common Updater subsystem
error fffff95b @ 2

Anonymous's picture

fffff 95b 2 problem

Dear Denis,

I followed your instruction and was able to update. During the update the spyware still tried to stop and disable McAfee. However, after the update, I was unable to scan. I then followed your instruction to download the spybot search and destroy, cleaned, nothing has improved. The computer slow like freeze, unable to scan (worse). I thought I want to re-download IE8, during the download I found one virus from Increditmail. When download completed, it re-started, I found all icons, task bar, IE GONE! The screen is left with nothing but background!

Can you please tell me what happen? What might be the problem? What can I do to restore it? Thank you.

Anonymous's picture

Hope this helps

Honestly I have not had that happen before, but it sounds like your explorer doesn't start.

3 Solutions that I tried:

1) Crtl+Alt+Delete, then run Task Manager. In the task manager go to File->New Task(Run...)-> Type in "explorer.exe" without the quotes. That should make your desktop re appear.

2)Maybe you could try to do a system restore to a previous date.

3)Well, after serious problems like that and if nothing really works, I backup my most important files and do a re-installation of Windows.

Hope this helps!

Anonymous's picture

Thank you

Thank you Denis. I'll see what I can do.

Anonymous's picture

Thank you

Thank u Denis,It's work for me.

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lakshmi's picture

access denied problem

access denied problem

anneli's picture

Antivirus thought

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