How to remove the system_guard virus

Most antivirus programs identify system_guard.exe as malware—for example TrendMicro identifies it as WORM_SDBOT.GAV, and Kaspersky identifies it as Packed.Win32.Black.a.

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System_guard.exe file information

The process belongs to software Windows Update by unknown.

Description: System_guard.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file system_guard.exe is located in the "C:\Program Files" folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 13,179,660 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). System_guard.exe is not a Windows core file. System_guard.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify system_guard.exe related errors

Important: You should check the system_guard.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 system_guard issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active system_guard process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the system_guard.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 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.

Other processes

system_guard.exe [all]