What is GIDD.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 GIDD.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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GIDD.exe file information

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

The process known as GID Desktop Application or GuardedID belongs to software GuardedID or PrivacyProtect by StrikeForce Technologies (

Description: GIDD.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file GIDD.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 395,528 bytes (70% of all occurrences), 393,992 bytes and 9 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. GIDD.exe is digitally signed. The file is not a Windows core file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using GIDD.exe, you can do the following:
  • look for help on the [1][2] website
  • uninstall GuardedID or PrivacyProtect from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program

Recommended: Identify GIDD.exe related errors

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

Process produced a non-interactive window on XP desktop. Attempt to remove/delete files triggered KBDCLASS and KBDHID insertions in system32 folder and registry entries, rendering hardware keyboard useless. Onscreen keyboard (and mouse) remained usable throughout. Used 'Move on Boot' to remove key .EXE file, searched registry manually for every instance of KBDCLASS (Upper Filter) and corrected entries. Installed copies of KBDCLASS.SYS and KBDHID.SYS files from another PC to successfully restore my system.
  Been there. Done that.  
associated with Constant Guard Protection Suite provided through Comcast
  cruelas   (further information)
This file is part of the stuff comcast sends out. It is supposed to block keyloggers from being able to grab your passwords.
GIDD on my computer is related to Comcast Cable's Constant Guard Protection Suite program
  George   (further information)
uninstall "constant guard" from comcast in control panel
Process for the Constant Guard Protection suite that Comcast Cable provides customers to protect online usernames and passwords. Prefectly Safe
  Jack   (further information)
Prevented use of the hardware and the on-screen keyboard
  Ernst Henle  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of GIDD.exe: based on 7 votes with 7 user comments. One user thinks GIDD.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks GIDD.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving GIDD issues

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