Is swpg.dat safe?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the swpg.dat 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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Swpg.dat file information

The process known as Spyware Doctor belongs to software unknown by PC Tools (

Description: Swpg.dat is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Swpg.dat is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 101,448 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 82,944 bytes, 91,848 bytes or 118,984 bytes. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Swpg.dat is not a Windows core file. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You may also uninstall Spyware Doctor software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify swpg.dat related errors

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

From PC Tools Spyware Doctor (if found in Spyware Doctor directory)
It is Security Task Manager and was recommended along with Spyware Doctor on
Spyware Doctor from PC Tools (reputable company)
  Peter Reynolds  
Spyware Doctor's file, Nothing to worry about
soll spyware verhindern
Sypware Doctor's "Onguard Protection" prevents Security Task Manager's Window show all processes to open on my computer. When I turn it off, STM is OK.
This file can't be closed by Security task manager after update! I was able to quarante the same file before! SpyDoc will still work without this file!

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Summary: Average user rating of swpg.dat: based on 13 votes with 7 user comments. 7 users think swpg.dat is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks swpg.dat is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving swpg issues

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