What does the GEARSec.exe file do?
The GEARSec.exe process is also known as gearsec and is a part of GEARSecurity or, as the case may be, Norton Ghost. This software is produced by GEAR Software (www.gearsoftware.com). An obsolete or defective version of GEARSec.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- gearsec has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- gearsec 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)
- GEARSec.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module GEARSec.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about GEARSec.exe gearsec
GEARSec.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. GEARSec.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory or sometimes in a subdirectory of C:\Windows.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 53,248 bytes (66% of all these files), 49,152 bytes, 61,440 bytes or, as the case may be, 73,728 bytes.
This particular software does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. GEARSec.exe can be found in the Windows folder; however, it is not a Windows system file. For this reason, 48% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
- A GEARSec.exe file has a 96% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows directory. In this case, the file size is usually 38,400 bytes. This file contains no information about the producer or the version. The file is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. This GEARSec.exe process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run). This particular software is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network. The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. GEARSec.exe is capable of monitor other applications.
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 GEARSec.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 GEARSec?
|supports handling of dvd's used by several programs |
|It is part of DVDxCOPY or other DVD burning software. |
|Came on with convertXtoDVD (further information...) |
Summary: 121 users judge GEARSec.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 12 users consider it harmless. However, 9 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 8 users have already deleted GEARSec.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall GEARSecurity or Norton Ghost
To remove gearsec 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 GEARSecurity or Norton Ghost in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if GEARSec.exe (gearsec) 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 gearsec. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for gearsec 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 GEARSec.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.