Is eg.dat safe?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the eg.dat 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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Eg.dat file information

The process known as Spyware Doctor or Exploit Guard Database belongs to software Spyware Doctor by PC Tools Pty ( or PC Tools (

Description: Eg.dat is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Eg.dat is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 85,216 bytes (79% of all occurrences), 85,736 bytes or 88,336 bytes. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. There is no file information. The program is not visible. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The service has no detailed description. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Pctools provides a website for help and for updates. There is also an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ Spyware Doctor).

Recommended: Identify eg.dat related errors

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

Spyware Doctor DLL file
Spyware Doctor 3.8
This is a DLL for Spyware Doctor on my system. Has to do with real time guards.
it's made in delphi 7, it's surely a spy or something. the file is actually an .exe on. just rename it. u'll see what I mean..
PC Tools AntiSpyware stuff
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Download PC Security
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Summary: Average user rating of eg.dat: based on 13 votes with 6 user comments. 8 users think eg.dat is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks eg.dat is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade eg.dat ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving eg issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with eg. 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 eg.dat 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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