What is fsgk32.exe?

The genuine fsgk32.exe file is a software component of F-Secure Anti-Virus Client by F-Secure. Fsgk32.exe is a process that works with the F-Secure anti-virus client. The client is an antivirus/antispyware solution for small businesses and personal computers that keeps users safe from viruses, worms, rootkits, Trojans, hackers and intruders. The F-Secure Corporation (formerly known as Data Fellows) is a Finnish computer security company that was founded in 1988. Today it operates in over 100 countries worldwide. The FSecure Anti Virus Management Agent manages the security policies of the Fsecure security software.

FSGk32 stands for F-Secure Gatekeeper Handler II (32-bit)

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 fsgk32.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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Fsgk32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with fsgk32
Fsgk32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Gatekeeper Handler II or Gatekeeper Handler (version II 32-bit) or F-Secure Gatekeeper Handler (version 32-bit) belongs to software F-Secure Corp. fsgk32 or F-Secure Anti-Virus Client by F-Secure (

Description: Fsgk32.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Fsgk32.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 290,304 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 289,792 bytes and 38 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file. Fsgk32.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 39% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If there are any problems with fsgk32.exe, you may want to uninstall the software F-Secure Anti-Virus or F-Secure Anti-Virus Client using the "Add or Remove Programs" function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs).

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If fsgk32.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 39% dangerous. The file size is 368,640 bytes (27% of all occurrences), 413,696 bytes and 5 more variants. The program has no visible window. The fsgk32.exe file is not a Windows core file. Fsgk32.exe is able to monitor applications.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as fsgk32.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the fsgk32.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

Read and learn, dont seems to be any harm for the computer but: Windows starts up real slow after installing F-Secure product, fssm32.exe taking up all CPU time for certain period, and they tell that you can do something about it. Just read!
  John   (further information)
Teilprogramm von F-Secure
F-Secure component no probs with it
Systemprozess von F-Secure Internet Security Suite 2006
  Patrick Ruppelt (Killus Computersysteme GmbH, München)  
F-Secure is wellaware of this problem. If you contact them they send you a file that takes a diagnosis of your system. After they check it out they send you a file together with very accurate information on how to switch a file in your system and insert the one sent. That handled my problem entirely.
  Anders Lamrén  
Constantly coming up with errors, and leaving the computer in a state where it won't do anything and needs to be restarted. Very frustrating...Especially during exam season.
This is part of the Shaw Secure free anti virus program
Dienstprogramm von F-Secure 2012, überwacht auch die Registry
  hk   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of fsgk32.exe: based on 6 votes with 10 user comments. 6 users think fsgk32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users don't grade fsgk32.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving fsgk32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with fsgk32. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 fsgk32.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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