Is recguard.exe safe?
Recguard.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if recguard.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.
Recguard.exe file information
The process known as Recguard Application or Recguard MFC Application belongs to software Recguard Application or Recovery Software Suite Gateway or Recovery Software Suite or Recovery Software Suite eMachines by unknown.
Description: Recguard.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file recguard.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows (usually c:\windows\sminst\).
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 212,992 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 1,187,840 bytes and 28 more variants.
The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. Recguard.exe is not a Windows core file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). Recguard.exe is able to record inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
If problems with RecGuard Application or Recovery Software Suite Gateway come up, you may want to do the following:
1) uninstall it from your computer using the Control Panel applet "Add/Remove programs"
2) contact www8.hp.com Customer Service 
3) update  to a possibly bug-fixed version.
Recommended: Identify recguard.exe related errors
If recguard.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 86% dangerous. The file size is 26,967 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no file information. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). File is hidden. The recguard.exe file is not a Windows core file. recguard.exe seems to be a compressed file.
External information from Paul Collins:
- "Recguard" must run at start up. On HP computers, Recguard prevents the deletion or corruption of the WinXP Recovery Partition. Without it enabled, it is possible to knock that completely out and force the customer to send the PC back to HP for a re-image, possibly at the customer's expense
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as recguard.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder, for example Backdoor:Win32/Zonebac.B (detected by Microsoft), and TROJ_ZONEBAC.AL (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the recguard.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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