What is wgp.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 wgp.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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Wgp.exe file information

The process known as Program Protection and File Encryption or WinGuard Pro (version 2006) belongs to software WinGuard Pro (version 2007) or Program Lock and File Encrypt by WGP Security Software or WGP.

Description: Wgp.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Wgp.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 282,624 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 286,720 bytes or 327,680 bytes. 
The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The wgp.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of wgp.exe, you can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of WinGuard Pro 2007 or Program Lock and File Encrypt (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as wgp.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the wgp.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 wgp issues

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