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What does the avguard.exe file do?

The avguard.exe process is also known as Antivirus On-Access Service or, as the case may be, Avira On-Access Service and is a part of Avira AntiVir Personal - Free or, as the case may be, Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition. This software is produced by Avira GmbH (www.avira.com) or, as the case may be, Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG. An obsolete or defective version of avguard.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 avguard.exe Antivirus On-Access service

avguard.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file avguard.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" (normally C:\Program Files\AVPersonal\). Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 185,089 bytes (26% of all these files), 151,297 bytes as well as 22 other variants.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. This file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. Avguard.exe is capable of supervise programs. For this reason, 38% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A avguard.exe file has a 90% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows directory. In this case, the file size is usually 100,864 bytes. Avguard.exe does not supply any version information or other description. It can be found in the Windows folder; however, it is not a Windows system file. This avguard program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. It is no part of Microsoft Windows. Most users consider the process to be unreliable and advise terminating it. avguard.exe appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files.

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 avguard.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 avguard?

Part of an antivirus programm (further information...)
Slows Down PC & Causes Crashing of Programs. Manipulation of files by the source (further information...)

Summary: 73 users judge avguard.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 users consider it harmless. However, 3 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 5 users have already deleted avguard.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Avira AntiVir Personal - Free or Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition

avguard.exe Antivirus On-Access service fix

To remove Antivirus On-Access service 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 AntiVir Personal - Free or Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if avguard.exe (Antivirus On-Access service) 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 On-Access service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Antivirus On-Access service 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 avguard.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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