What is THGuard.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 THGuard.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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THGuard.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with THGuard
THGuard.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as TrojanHunter Guard belongs to software TrojanHunter or InstallShield by Mischel Internet Security (

Description: THGuard.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file THGuard.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,047,712 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 1,086,880 bytes and 5 more variants. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The file is not a Windows core file. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. It is certified by a trustworthy company. THGuard.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with THGuard.exe, you may also look for help on the website, update to a possibly corrected version or remove the entire program TrojanHunter or InstallShield using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as THGuard.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the THGuard.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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Summary: Average user rating of THGuard.exe: based on 5 votes with 1 user comment. 5 users think THGuard.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving THGuard issues

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