What is Recguard.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 Recguard.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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Recguard.exe file information

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

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 Recguard.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows (usually C:\Windows\sminst\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,187,840 bytes (27% of all occurrences), 212,992 bytes and 11 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: MACHINE\Run, Run). Recguard.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: 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 Uninstall a Program
  2) contact Customer Service [1][2]
  3) update [1][2] to a possibly bug-fixed version.

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External information from Paul Collins:

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 recommends removing it. 12 users don't grade Recguard.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Recguard issues

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