What is avguard.exe?

The genuine avguard.exe file is a software component of Avira Free Antivirus by Avira.
Avira Free Antivirus is a security program that protects computers against malware, viruses, spyware, trojans and computer worms. Avguard.exe launches the antivirus guard service that allows real-time protection from malicious programs and online threats. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Avira Free Antivirus is a freely available security program for non-commercial or home use. The program features an antivirus scanner, PUA (potentially unwanted applications) shield, cloud protection technology and more. Avira Free Antivirus supports the Windows, Mac OSX, iOS and Android platforms. Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG is a German company that develops antivirus software, applications for Internet security, privacy protection, as well as performance tools for multiple platforms. Avira was founded as H+BEDV Datentechnik by Tjark Auerbach in 1986 in Tettnang, Germany. The company launched the first instance of AntiVir, its first antivirus program in 1988, combating viruses found on MS-DOS systems. In 2006, the company changed its name to Avira after merging with its sister company, AntiVir PersonalProducts GmbH. Avira is currently headquartered in Tettnang, Germany.

AVGuard stands for Avira AntiVir Guard Service

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 avguard.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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Avguard.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with avguard
Avguard.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Antivirus On-Access Service or Antivirus Host Framework Service or Avira On-Access Service or Antivirus Service for Windows XP/2000/NT

belongs to software Avira AntiVir Personal - Free or Avira Product Family or Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition or Avira Free Antivirus or Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus or Avira Premium Security Suite or Avira Internet Security (version 2012) or Avira AntiVir Premium or Avira Antivirus Premium (version 2012) or AntiVir Desktop

by Avira GmbH ( or Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG or AVIRA GmbH ( or H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH (

Description: Avguard.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The avguard.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or in a subfolder of C:\ (typically C:\Program Files\AVPersonal\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 185,089 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 151,297 bytes and 37 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The avguard.exe file is not a Windows core file. Avguard.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Avira provides direct support ( and update information ( You could remove the entire program Avira AntiVir using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as avguard.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan Horse (detected by Symantec), and Trojan:Win32/Zlxget.A (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the avguard.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

Slows Down PC & Causes Crashing of Programs. Manipulation of files by the source
i not dangerous but it slow down computer
This is malware masquerading as anti-virus software. One of its processes show up on TaskManager as 2239218007:2822670458.exe. Deleting it won't help. It disables your real anti-virus software.
  Kat again   (further information)
It's the Avira Guard (Avira Antivirus!). You can't end it because its system locked by Avira Antivirus!. This proccess protect your computer by viruses!.
  VaLo   (further information)
I switched off in order to stop it running.This deleted all my Outlook Express emails - about 8000 of them.
  Peter Bright  
It is Avira AntiVir Guard process
In most cases it is part of Antivir antivirus. Slight chance of it being the Netsky virus.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of avguard.exe: based on 110 votes with 9 reviews. 88 users think avguard.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 6 users think avguard.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 10 users don't grade avguard.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving avguard issues

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