What is guardian.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 guardian.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.

Click to Run a Free Scan for guardian.exe related errors

Guardian.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with guardian
Guardian.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as License issuing server or Hide IP (version NG 1.66) belongs to software Hide IP NG or authserver by HIDE IP SOFTWARE.

Description: Guardian.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The guardian.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 319,488 bytes. 
The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. There is no file information. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with guardian.exe, you may want to do the following:
  1) uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramHide IP NG
  2) ask for help from Support
  3) make sure that you have installed the latest version.

Recommended: Identify guardian.exe related errors

If guardian.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 13,179,660 bytes. There is no file information. The program is not visible. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Guardian.exe is not a Windows system file.

If guardian.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 40,960 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file.

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

There are no user opinions yet. Why not be the first to write a short comment?

Do you have additional information? Help other users!
What do you know about guardian.exe:
How would you rate it:
Link for more info:
Your Name:

Best practices for resolving guardian issues

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

Other processes

guardian.exe [all]