What is GuardICQ.exe?

The genuine GuardICQ.exe file is a software component of Guard ICQ by
A mail service from, Guard ICQ runs as a background process and includes a user interface. Originally created by Mirabilis, ICQ is a client that originated as a chat program, but has evolved into email and video conferencing. Now owned by, Guard ICQ takes up minimal resources when running as a background process. is a Russian corporation founded in 1998 by Eugene Goland.

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 GuardICQ.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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GuardICQ.exe file information

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

The process known as GuardMailRu Module belongs to software Guard.ICQ or GuardMailRu Module by LLC Mail.Ru (

Description: GuardICQ.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. GuardICQ.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 1,564,368 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is certified by a trustworthy company. GuardICQ.exe is not a Windows core file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). GuardICQ.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to do the following:
  1) remove the entire program Guard.ICQ using Windows Control Panel
  2) go to the support area of the Mail website.

Recommended: Identify GuardICQ.exe related errors

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


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Best practices for resolving GuardICQ issues

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