What is vprot.exe?

The genuine vprot.exe file is a software component of AVG SafeGuard Toolbar by AVG.
AVG SafeGuard Toolbar is a known PUP (potentially unwanted program) that hijacks web browsers by redirecting search results and changing the homepage. Vprot.exe is a component of AVG SafeGuard Toolbar. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. The AVG SafeGuard Toolbar is part of the AVG Technologies family of security software. The toolbar displays security information about websites, and offers search, weather information, and features unrelated to security. AVG Technologies is a Dutch company that develops solutions in internet security, system optimization, and identity protection. AVG (originally called Grisoft) was formed in 1991 by Jan Gritzbach and Tomáš Hofer in the Czech Republic. It was acquired by Avast Software in 2016. AVG Technologies is currently based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

VProt stands for AVG VProtect Application

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 vprot.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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Vprot.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with vprot
Vprot.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as VProtect Application or VProtect Application Official or VProtect Application (Non Official) or AVG Secure Search or AVG Web TuneUp

belongs to software VProtect Application or AVG Security Toolbar or AVG SafeGuard toolbar or AVG Technologies or AVG Web TuneUp or AVG Nation toolbar or AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o

by AVG Technologies ( or AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o ( or AVG Secure Search or iMedix Web Technologies LTD ( or InfoSpace.

Description: Vprot.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Vprot.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,151,152 bytes (8% of all occurrences), 997,320 bytes and 78 more variants. 
The vprot.exe file is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The program is not visible. The vprot.exe file is a Verisign signed file. Vprot.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with vprot.exe occur, you can also do the following:
  1) remove the entire program AVG Security Toolbar or AVG Web TuneUp using Windows Control Panel
  2) ask the developer,, for support.

Recommended: Identify vprot.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as vprot.exe. Therefore, you should check the vprot.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

I had no problems with it but it looked unfamiliar
apears out of nowhere scanners say its safe says its with AVG but y new computer has full version of avg ad does not hav vprot
Right click the taskbar and choose "Start Task Manager". Right click the process "vprot.exe" and choose "Open File Location". End the process when the containing folder is opened. Delete vprot.exe.
I found in it search as an AVG Search, which is a search bar. Didn't find it in above named files, and the bytes were smaller for the file than listed above.
AVG comes in with many "Free" downloads and the taskbar is almost impossible to get rid of. You can delete everything except VPROT. Go to Task Manager and delete the process and then delete VPROT
  woodytuck   (further information)
It causes IE9 tabbed browsing to open consequent tabs blank, delete Vprot.exe from your Reg file, reset tabbed browsing to your 1st home page, after rebooting, tabbed browsing will operate correctly again.
Is installed with AVG safe search i believe
It's something related to the AVG toolbar, and I got a message saying that the file or directory C:\..\AppData\Local\Temp\toolbar_log.txt is corrupt and unreadable. please run the Chkdsk utility. I tried running the utility but it doesn't want to run apparantly, and the message keeps popping up at intervals in the notifications.
This thing just increased my CPU usage to 90%!
I erased the file using Gage's advise, and the unnecessary processing time disapeared. Last night I spoke to an AVG operator, and he suggested to me tu *buy* a program for $ 99.99. I refused that idea because I assume the program I already bought for all my computers should be good enough for keeping the advertised service.
All I see so far is that it burns processor time
It is use a lot of CPU. When I killed the process my processor state is stabilized and the CPU load was fallen.
is part of AVG internet security suite,
I found it slowing down my computer. I deactivated it but it was reloaded. I then removed it.
  Pat Saxton  
It takes about half my processor's capacity and keeps the fan running full speed. Usually things work better without resource hogs. I have just shut if off and don't have a report on it yer
  Richard Ryan  
Causes massive HD writes, disabling system completly for as much as 5 min. Task manager not accessable at that time, as well as anything else. Has occurred online and offline. Ended its process and trouble gone.
causes constant spikes in CPU use and great increase in Page File use in Win XP and goes to normal when removed
  Tex W  
The vprot.exe file creates a file toolbar.log, which does not ever seem to get cleared down. My c: drive completely filled up and I found that toolbar.log was nearly 30GB in size. vprot also seems to degrade performance on my PC and is always using resources, even when the browser is not open. I specifically turn down the request to install the safesearch toolbar whenever I download a new version of AVG anti-virus so I was pretty annoyed to nevertheless find it installed on my system. You should find toolbar.log within your documents/local settings/temp folder
  Phil Rippingale  
Seems to take up too much processor time, slowing other things down
  A guy at his computer  
It has a serious memory leak on my computer.
it writes 428Bytes of info into a file in windows/temp every 5 seconds I open Task Manager and end process. I have also ended it runnung at startup to no detremental effect so far
Harmfull non AVG supported and redirects you to a PAID fake google whoever made the virus redirects you to the page and it displays an ad that generates income for the scamer also automatically installs its self in all borwsers (chrome firefox ie)
Its a pain, It causes disk usage on c: drive to climb to 100% an system hangs while it is trying to figure out what to do next.
Only know that it was lagging my computer so bad even my scrolling on regular text pages was stilted
  Katie G.  
belongs to avg, screwed up computer
I got it into my AVG section when you click show file location in task manager. It was the browser protector. it is harmless I think, thought to save little memory and drive speed i deleted it. If you want to delete it: open file location first by right clicking on vprot.exe, then click open file location. disable vprot.exe in the task manager. then delete vprot,exe in the folder. now it is not loaded in your startup and safely removed from your pc.
It just appears in the Task Manger Processes tab with the description "Vprotect Application".Even when I remove it,AVG works as it should,no problems.
vprot.exe has caused me serious problems remoting to my work computer from home. Had to delete from Task Manager/Processes to resolve.
Increased my CPU usage to 97% slowing down everything, removed it by Gage's instructions and problem immediately alleiviated
Taking up 90% of my disc in spikes, removed just in case.
It slowed down My computer rapidly but Then I deleted it and now's everything fine again. It says that it's a important process but believe me it's not good to have on your computer. If you see Vprot Then quit it and make sure it's not on autostart and Then delete it. Hope This could help Cause I got really scared when This happend To me.
It simply waste resources and slows your computer on start-up
Gets onto your computer without you knowing. Delete via Task Manager along with the rest of AVG.
It appears to be part of AVG secure search but it steadily consumes all the virtual memory on my system until nothing else will run correctly.
Constantly eating 15% of my i7 2700k processor, 18 mb ram.
Blocked all my virtual com ports
Has been running on my pc since just before it started destroying registry files. Every boot needs regedit files copied as SAM and system have data deleted. Don't know cause yet.
  Anna Jones  
No Probs on W8K SP1
GGVprotect has blocked my internet connection completely. I have tried to end process in task manager , not able to uninstall
  KayLynn Maynard  
Infected my computer. Just appeared. Can't get rid of it. Deleting all of AVG to try to fix the problem
I don't want any program running and slowing down my system for nothing. I think this program is more about spying on where you surf then protecting you while doing it. That's how they make money on their "free" software, by selling this info to marketers, but you'd think they'd make it so it doesn't slow your computer to a crawl and make it a big paperweight..
AVG VProtect is always making my disk usage go up to 99%. This essentially slows down everything that I do on my computer. Terrible resource hogger.
It took up over 50% CPU and kicked the fan on high. So I deleted vprot.exe in the task bar and and my computer ran much better.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of vprot.exe: based on 53 votes with 43 user comments. 2 users think vprot.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 20 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 17 users suspect danger. 11 users think vprot.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 8 users don't grade vprot.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving vprot issues

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