What is guard.exe?

The genuine guard.exe file is a software component of AVG Anti-Spyware by AVG Technologies.
Guard.exe is part of the AVG anti-virus program. It runs at startup and proactively protects computers from viruses. AVG is a Czech company formed in 1991 by Jan Gritzbach and Tomáš Hofer. AVG is an online security company providing leading software and services to secure devices, data and people.

Guard stands for AVG Anti-Spyware Guard

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 guard.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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Guard.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with guard
Guard.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as AVG Anti-Spyware guard or ewido anti-spyware guard or cME Guardian (version 2004) belongs to software AVG Anti-Spyware or ewido anti-spyware or Phoenix Core Managed by GRISOFT s.r.o ( or Anti-Malware Development a.s ( or Phoenix Technologies (

Description: Guard.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file guard.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 312,880 bytes (74% of all occurrences), 172,032 bytes and 4 more variants. 
Guard.exe is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The file is digitally signed. Guard.exe is a Verisign signed file. Guard.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as guard.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Win32:Malware-gen (detected by Avast), and Backdoor:Win32/Sharke (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the guard.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

This file prevents me and copies the system on a hard drive/
be carefull if yor fire wall asks to allow "ynpmsysguard.exe" its the windows antivirus system pro malware
Part of avg anti spyware process
It is part of AVG Antispyware located in my folder "C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5"
Auto-protect program for AVG Antivirus.
  Big J  
Well I found it in the Folder of AVG Anti-Spyware, so it would presume to be safe
Anti Spyware
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of guard.exe: based on 24 votes with 9 reviews. 15 users think guard.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think guard.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade guard.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving guard issues

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