What is gearsec.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 gearsec.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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Gearsec.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with gearsec
Gearsec.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as gearsec belongs to software GEARSecurity or Norton Ghost or MixMeister Pro (version 5, 6) or MixMeister Express (version 6) or Drive Image or Cakewalk Pyro (version 2004) by GEAR Software (

Description: Gearsec.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Gearsec.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 53,248 bytes (69% of all occurrences), 49,152 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The gearsec.exe file is not a Windows core file. The gearsec.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall Gear CD/DVD Burning Software or Norton Ghost / iTunes / Quick Time, update it, or get help from the software vendor. Click on or to update it, click on or for support, or click on Gear CD/DVD Burning Software or Norton Ghost / iTunes / Quick Time in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs category) to uninstall it.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as gearsec.exe, for example BKDR_IRCBOT.BAG or TROJ_GEN.R01C2DK (detected by TrendMicro), and Worm:Win32/Pushbot.DF or Virus:Win32/Expiro.S (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the gearsec.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

All I know is that a google search determined it was not needed so deleted it and wondering now that my graphics/pictures in Outlook email don't come up - was this file related?
Came on with convertXtoDVD
Not dangerous/spyware, but Russians are hacking through it, checked sec. IP breaches = Russian IP's. Set service to stop/manual, security breaches stopped, browser speed increased x2.
machine debug manager
Installed with Norton Ghost 9
It's an file used by very much programs not 1 as many here suggest.
not dangerus seems to instal with norton ghost 9 scaned with kaspersky avast and win defender antivirus systems its OK
This program comes with itunes, sonic record now cd burner, norton ghost, various dvd burners, and many other programs. Usually not a virus.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of gearsec.exe: based on 206 votes with 9 reviews. 128 users think gearsec.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 14 users think it's probably harmless. 44 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 9 users suspect danger. 11 users think gearsec.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 19 users don't grade gearsec.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving gearsec issues

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