What does the avgwdsvc.exe file do?
The avgwdsvc.exe process is also known as AVG Watchdog Service or, as the case may be, AVG 2012 and is a part of AVG Internet Security. This software is produced by AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o (www.freeavg.com). An obsolete or defective version of avgwdsvc.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- AVG Watchdog service has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- AVG Watchdog service has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- avgwdsvc.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module avgwdsvc.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about avgwdsvc.exe AVG Watchdog service
avgwdsvc.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Avgwdsvc.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 297,752 bytes (17% of all these files), 231,704 bytes as well as 24 other variants.
This avgwdsvc program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. This file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. For this reason, 21% 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 avgwdsvc.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 avgwdsvc?
|Part of the AVG anti-virus system |
|Part of AVG, sucks up cpu though. |
|Part of AVG Security Suite and called AVG WatchDog |
|AVG Technologies antivirus (further information...) |
|Localization: c:\program files\AVG Size: 301kb |
Summary: 6 users judge avgwdsvc.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, one user has already deleted avgwdsvc.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall AVG Internet Security
To remove AVG Watchdog service from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for AVG Internet Security in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if avgwdsvc.exe (AVG Watchdog 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 AVG Watchdog service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for AVG Watchdog 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 avgwdsvc.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.