Guard.exe is an application developed by AVG antivirus program. It monitors your computer for adware, spyware, keyloggers, and other malware, and notifies you immediately about the threats your computer is facing or intrusion attempts that were prevented. This application runs at startup and protects your computer.
Product: AVG Antivirus / Ewido Anti-Spyware
Company: AVG Technologies
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Should I be worried if I have guard.exe on my computer?
As an integral process or file for certain antivirus programs, guard.exe is considered to be a safe file. Unless you have other reason for concern about the security of your machine, you should not worry about having this file on your computer.
Required as part of AVG Antivirus, this process allows the program to function properly and monitor your computer from viruses, spyware, and other forms of malware. It provides proactive monitoring, so without the process, you may be causing unnecessary vulnerability within your system.
Possible causes of Guard.exe errorsThese errors are frequently caused by conflicts with the file or installation profile, misuse of the file or respective directories, or a malicious attack on the system.
- When conflicts arise on the profile or with the file, the application may be unable to transmit data between the necessary files.
- When a file or directory is misused or damaged, the application as a whole may be unable to load.
- Malicious attacks or infections on the system may render the entire system frozen or unable to perform any necessary computing functions.
Is Guard.exe a dangerous file (virus, malware, spyware)?In most cases, the file is considered to be safe. However, files do become corrupt at times and some malicious files are disguised to represent known, secure system files. When that happens, they can be very difficult to detect and remove, but using a comprehensive system scan usually detects them and allows you to safely remove them.
Known Guard.exe error messages
- File not found: Guard.exe
- Cannot find file: Guard.exe
- Device not recognized missing Guard.exe file
Should I stop the Guard.exe task or process within the Task Manager?Unless you have experience managing the processes and tasks on your machine, it is best to allow a system scanner or registry scanner to handle those tasks. Many of the tasks are required for performing specific operations on your machine and removing them may cause your program or entire computer to malfunction or reboot.
Should I download a new copy of the Guard.exe file?The only time you should ever download a new version of a system file is when it comes through an application update or from the publisher directly. Be very cautious when downloading system files from third-party websites as they may contain additional software that you would install without knowing. This could cause an even larger issue than the error you are getting from this file!
Best way to fix Guard.exe errorsWhen these errors occur, verify if any new hardware or software has been added. If so, simply removing the new hardware or software may resolve the issue. If not, follow the steps below.
- Scan for any driver updates for new equipment. If new equipment or programs have been loaded, they may require updated drivers. Download new, secure drivers and perform a clean system restart.
- Download and install updates for the operating system. Regardless of the operating system version you are using, it is always considered good practice to install the latest security updates.
- Use anti-virus and anti-malware applications. Most virus scanners will protect your machine from basic threats. To increase your protection, use a malware scanner as well.
More information about Guard.exe
If you wish to delete guard.exe for some reason, the safest and most efficient way would be to uninstall AVG Antivirus (or associated antivirus programs).
After the program is uninstalled and you restart your computer, you should no longer notice a guard.exe file. If you do, the file may have been compromised or masked and it may not be a true process file. If this happens, it is strongly suggested to scan your computer using an external scan.
Another cause of guard.exe errors may be an outdated version or a version that is no longer supported. It is suggested to download any necessary updates from the trusted manufacturer if this happens.