What is avgw.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the avgw.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Avgw.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with avgw
Avgw.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as AVG 7.5 Launcher or AVG 7.0 belongs to software AVG Anti-Virus system or AVG Anti-Virus System by GRISOFT, s.r.o (

Description: Avgw.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Avgw.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ (typically C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Free\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 219,136 bytes (92% of all occurrences), 145,920 bytes, 155,182 bytes or 151,552 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The avgw.exe file is not a Windows core file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: DEFAULT\Run, Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Freeavg provides a website for help and for updates. There is also an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ AVG Anti-Virus).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as avgw.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the avgw.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

this is an exe file to run antivirus scaning
It s100% safe
  Segadora   (further information)
SAFE. The famous AVG anti-virus software. This protects your system against many threats 24-7.
Main Module of AVG anti virus
if avgw.exe is eatign up your CPU, open AVG, Click 'scheduled tasks', double-click on 'test plan in basic mode' and uncheck the box that says 'periodically start scheduled antivirus test'. This should stop avgw.exe from eating up your CPU
avgw.exe pops up with each boot of XP and return from standby. If I leave it alone it will remain for hours interfearing with any program I attempt to run.
it is meant to protect your system, however the free version is horrible
its Anti-virus-guard , harmless
  Oracle   (further information)
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of avgw.exe: based on 34 votes with 9 reviews. 29 users think avgw.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think avgw.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade avgw.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving avgw issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with avgw. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the avgw.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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