What is sgsrv.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 sgsrv.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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Sgsrv.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with sgsrv
Sgsrv.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as sgsrv.exe belongs to software SoftGuard Service by unknown.

Description: Sgsrv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Sgsrv.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 155,648 bytes (61% of all occurrences), 159,744 bytes or 180,224 bytes. 
The application has no file description. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. Sgsrv.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous.

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

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