What is startupguard.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 startupguard.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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Startupguard.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with startupguard
Startupguard.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Protect your PC from unwanted soft belongs to software Startup Guard by

Description: Startupguard.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The startupguard.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 786,432 bytes. 
The startupguard.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). Startupguard.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with startupguard.exe, you can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Startup Guard (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify startupguard.exe related errors

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

it stops my shutdown and causes me a pain in the bum
Part of System Mechanic, gives user control over programmes attempting to change computers start up configuration
It stops my shutdown and says Startup Guard has been unloaded, but it is not unloaded.
  John Radens  

Summary: Average user rating of startupguard.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think startupguard.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving startupguard issues

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