What is FGKey.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 FGKey.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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FGKey.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with FGKey
FGKey.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Folder Guard Utility belongs to software Folder Guard Professional Edition or Folder Guard by WinAbility Software (

Description: FGKey.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. FGKey.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 118,600 bytes (43% of all occurrences), 132,424 bytes, 132,680 bytes, 138,568 bytes or 139,152 bytes. 
It is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of FGKey.exe, you may want to look for help from the software company Winability, make sure that you have installed the latest version or uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramFolder Guard.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as FGKey.exe. Therefore, you should check the FGKey.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

FGkey.exe is a process belongs to security software FolderGuard from WinAbility. Folder Guard let you password-protect, hide, or restrict access to files and folders in your computer. The process FGkey.exe is needed for the software to keep protecting files and folders and should not be terminated unless suspicious to cause problem
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Summary: Average user rating of FGKey.exe: based on 2 votes with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks FGKey.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving FGKey issues

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