What is avgwdsvc.exe?

The genuine avgwdsvc.exe file is a software component of AVG Internet Security by AVG.
AVG Internet Security is a suite of security programs dedicated to protecting computers from malicious software. Avgwdsvc.exe launches Watchdog, a component of AVG Internet Security. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. AVG Internet Security contains the AVG Antivirus, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Rootkit, Web Shield, LinkScanner, Firewall, Anti-Spam, Identity Protection, Security Toolbar, and System Tools protection components. The product is available for the Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, Android, iOS, and OS X operating systems. AVG Technologies is a Dutch company that develops solutions in internet security, system optimization, and identity protection. AVG (originally called Grisoft) was formed in 1991 by Jan Gritzbach and Tomáš Hofer in the Czech Republic. It was acquired by Avast Software in 2016. AVG Technologies is currently based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

AVGWdSvc stands for AVG Watchdog Service

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 avgwdsvc.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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Avgwdsvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with avgwdsvc
Avgwdsvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as AVG Watchdog Service or AVG 2012 belongs to software AVG Internet Security by AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o ( or AVG Technologies (

Description: Avgwdsvc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Avgwdsvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 297,752 bytes (15% of all occurrences), 231,704 bytes and 28 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramAVG Free or AVG.

Recommended: Identify avgwdsvc.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as avgwdsvc.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the avgwdsvc.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

Part of the AVG anti-virus system
  Arran Fortuna  
Part of AVG, sucks up cpu though.
Part of AVG Security Suite and called AVG WatchDog
AVG Technologies antivirus
  patternman   (further information)
Localization: c:\program files\AVG Size: 301kb
Strang I hav and had NO AVG installed, but I exists!
AVG antivirus service that runs on winxp startup - causes crashes after a repair to winxp. Never use AVG.
Part of AVG antivirus - takes a lot of cpu
  Alexandru Balanici  

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Summary: Average user rating of avgwdsvc.exe: based on 10 votes with 8 user comments. 6 users think avgwdsvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks avgwdsvc.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving avgwdsvc issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with avgwdsvc. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the avgwdsvc.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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