What is GuardNT.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 GuardNT.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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GuardNT.exe file information

The process known as Guard NT Onlinevirenschutz für (version NT4.0 /Windows2000 /Windows XP) belongs to software Virus Utilities Guard NT/2000/XP by Ikarus Software Wien.

Description: GuardNT.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The GuardNT.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 503,808 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 471,040 bytes or 434,176 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. GuardNT.exe is not a Windows system file. GuardNT.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with GuardNT.exe, you may also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Ikarus virus utilities Guard NT).

Recommended: Identify GuardNT.exe related errors

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

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Summary: Average user rating of GuardNT.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks GuardNT.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving GuardNT issues

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