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What does the avgnt.exe file do?

The avgnt.exe process is also known as Antivirus System Tray Tool or, as the case may be, Avira system tray application and is a part of Avira Product Family or, as the case may be, Avira AntiVir Personal - Free. This software is produced by Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG or, as the case may be, Avira GmbH (www.avira.com). An obsolete or defective version of avgnt.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about avgnt.exe Antivirus System Tray Tool

avgnt.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file avgnt.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" (in most cases C:\Program Files\AVPersonal\). Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 266,497 bytes (10% of all these files), 209,153 bytes as well as 27 other variants.
The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. This avgnt.exe process is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run, Run). This file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. It also can also affect other applications by changing their properties. Such manipulation can cause an application to do things other than what it is intended to do. Avgnt.exe is capable of track other applications. For this reason, 39% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves avgnt.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about avgnt?

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Guard Program for AntiVir
It is not needed to protect your pc.. Close down the process then download the eicar test virus http://www.eicar.org/anti_virus_test_file.htm and you will find that avguard is still running which protects you. avguard does not appear in stsrtup it runs automatically , avgnt can be removed from startup after the update schedule has been set and the updater will still run. However this way you will have to terminate avgnt again afterwards. I prefer to chain my browser launch to "preupd.exe" which just launchs the updater at browser launch so I do not forget.
belongs to avira antivir
Thomas S.
It is the system tray (notifacation area) App that starts Avira AntiVir

Summary: 22 users judge avgnt.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 3 users consider it harmless. For this reason, one user has already deleted avgnt.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Avira Product Family or Avira AntiVir Personal - Free

avgnt.exe Antivirus System Tray Tool fix

To remove Antivirus System Tray Tool from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for Avira Product Family or Avira AntiVir Personal - Free in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if avgnt.exe (Antivirus System Tray Tool) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Antivirus System Tray Tool. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Antivirus System Tray Tool or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or avgnt.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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