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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. http://www.file.net/process/recguard.exe.html 
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 [1][2]
  3) update [1][2] 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.


User Comments

Just a bit of info, Gateway owns eMachine, so that might be why it is showing up on multiple different pre-built PCs.
nothing found it on start up of comp has a questionmark about its validity
It's on many types of computers as part of a protective recovery suite called Angelware. Do not tamper with it unless you are not concerned about your operating systems ability to recovery shoud you experience a problem.
this just appeared on my computer today. It just happened to be after I was updating some drivers, one was for my HP printer. I'm assuming it has something to do with that.
I'm wondering why this is on Gateway computers??? But my laptop is abnormal in everyway possible so I can probably see why.
I have an hp product, but it hasn't been in my windows HKLM..Win.Run file til justrecently. My antivirus file found it, show it to be in a file that doesn't exist: SMINST. I began checking over my system last night, after I was in Version Tracker, and it showed an 'upgreade' for the WinXP zip. When i went to download it[not run it], it just did a fast blip on my screen. now when I go to Run, type in the proper edit for registry, it auto opens at the HKLM Run file showing it. in the HKEYs B4 had 2 choose HKEY to open, and so on.
  Judith Meives  
Found on Advent laptop, too.
  Seikku Kaita  
RecGuard.exe is a process that protects the recovery partition from damage. If should you disable or permanently delete this startup process, you may loose or have a corrupted recovery partition! To get a re-image of the recovery partition may be at the owner’s expense. The process takes very little system resources, so your system will not be slowed down in anyway. Remember that this process is located in the (C:\windows\SMINST\recguard.exe) directory. If this process name is located elsewhere, then it is more than likely to be spyware or a virus with the same name as the legit process.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of recguard.exe: based on 40 votes with 9 reviews.
28 users think recguard.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks recguard.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 12 users don't grade recguard.exe ("not sure about it").

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