How to remove the sg virus

Most antivirus programs identify sg.exe as malware—for instance Symantec identifies it as Trojan.Gen.2, and McAfee identifies it as Artemis!6AEEFDE6F545.

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Sg.exe file information

The process known as SettingsGuard belongs to software Startup Guard or SettingsGuard by SmartCyberTechnology.

Description: Sg.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Sg.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 57,344 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 1,825,280 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. There is no file information. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The file is not a Windows core file. Sg.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with sg.exe occur, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramSettingsGuard or Startup Guard or look for help from the software company SmartCyberTechnology.

Recommended: Identify sg.exe related errors

Important: You should check the sg.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 sg issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active sg process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the sg.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

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