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What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
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Global Rank #39,768
United States Rank #21,125
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VersionDistribution 21.05% 18.42% 60.53%

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AOL Tech Fortress


AOL Tech Fortress is a software program developed by Blue Ridge Networks. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The setup package generally installs about 13 files and is usually about 21.75 MB (22,804,640 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 8. While about 97% of users of AOL Tech Fortress come from the United States, it is also popular in PR and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: aol.it/AOLTechFortress
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Blue Ridge Networks\AppGuard\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{B18537F1-B130-4C4B-A606-01128D45907E}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 21.75 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by AOL Tech Fortress

  • AppGuardAgent.exe - AppGuard Agent Service Application (AppGuard Agent Service (x64))
  • AppGuardGUI.exe - Tech Fortress (Tech Fortress GUI Application)
  • LicQueryApp.exe - LicenseQuery (License Related Functions)
  • atl100.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 10 (ATL Module for Windows)
  • mfc100u.dll (by Microsoft) - MFCDLL Shared Library - Retail Version
  • mfcm100u.dll - MFC Managed Library - Retail Version
  • msvcp100.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 (Microsoft® C Runtime Library)
  • msvcr100.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • AppGuardAgent.exe runs as a service named 'Blue Ridge AppGuard Service' (BRN_APPGUARD_SERVICE) "Client security software that protects you from malware attacks that legacy, signature-based AntiVirus software misses.".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • AppGuardGUI.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'AppGuardGUI' which loads as C:\Program Files\Blue Ridge Networks\AppGuard\AppGuardGUI.exe.

How do I remove AOL Tech Fortress?

Quickly and completely remove AOL Tech Fortress from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall AOL Tech Fortress from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program AOL Tech Fortress, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove AOL Tech Fortress.

Win 7 (SP1) 45%
Win XP 3%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 44.74%
Windows 8 42.11%
Windows Vista 10.53%
Windows XP 2.63%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 34.21%
Windows 8.1 21.05%
Windows 10 Home 18.42%
Windows 7 Professional 7.89%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.26%
Windows Vista Home Basic 5.26%

Distribution by countryGeography

96.92% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 96.92%
  PR 1.54%
  United Kingdom 1.54%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 37.84%
Dell 35.14%
Acer 10.81%
Toshiba 8.11%
Sony 2.70%
Lenovo 2.70%
ASUS 2.70%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite C55-B 2.78%
HP-Pavilion NY799AA-ABA p... 2.78%
HP Pavilion dv9700 Notebo... 2.78%
HP Pavilion dv4 Notebook ... 2.78%
Dell OptiPlex 760 2.78%
Dell Inspiron One 2020 2.78%


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