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Should I remove Guard.ICQ?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #19,974
United States Rank #37,879
Reach 0.0123%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 30.62 days
903.23 days >
Average installed length: 474.58 days

Typically installed together

Guard.ICQ

Overview

Guard.ICQ is a software program developed by Mail.Ru. 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 programs's main executable is guardicq.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 4.88 MB of memory. The setup package is about 1.49 MB (1,564,368 bytes) when donwloaded. 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 36% of users of Guard.ICQ come from Germany, it is also popular in Czech Republic and the United States.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\guard-icq
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Guard-ICQ\GuardICQ.exe" /uninstall
Estimated size: 1.49 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Guard.ICQ

Program executable:guardicq.exe
Name:GuardMailRu Module
Signed by:LLC Mail.Ru
Path:C:\Program Files\guard-icq\guardicq.exe
MD5:e859ca020ed61899f3c74a8d0032d05c
(From the publisher) “Practice safe chatting: ICQ Guard is designed specifically to protect your personal files and data when using ICQ and ICQ-based chat and messaging systems. The program supports all versions of ICQ up to latest 2002a. ICQ...”

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Service
  • GuardICQ.exe runs as a service named 'Guard.Mail.ru' (Guard.Mail.ru) "Guard.ICQ: Protects browsers settings (version 1.0.0.296)".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • GuardICQ.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Guard.Mail.ru.gui' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Guard-ICQ\GuardICQ.exe" /gui.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

guardicq.exe
Memory:4.88 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0258259977%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.01688891%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00893709%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:5,375,604
8,062,084 average
Switches/sec:7
70 average
I/O reads/min:502.49 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:7.92 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Guard.ICQ?

Quickly and completely remove Guard.ICQ from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Guard.ICQ 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 Guard.ICQ, 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 Guard.ICQ.

HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%
 
GLOBAL RANK
#19,974

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 77.46%
Windows XP 8.67%
Windows 8 7.51%
Windows Vista 6.36%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 55.81%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.37%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.14%
Windows 7 Professional 6.98%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.65%
Windows 8.1 4.65%

Distribution by countryGeography

36.21% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 36.21%
  Czech Republic 25.86%
  United States 9.20%
  Israel 6.90%
  Slovakia 4.02%
  United Kingdom 2.87%
  Italy 1.72%
  Brazil 1.15%
  Austria 1.15%
  MA 0.57%
  Qatar 0.57%
  Switzerland 0.57%
  RS 0.57%
  Russia 0.57%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 36.94%
Hewlett-Packard 11.71%
Dell 10.81%
GIGABYTE 10.81%
ASUS 9.01%
Lenovo 4.50%
Toshiba 4.50%
American Megatrends 4.50%
Samsung 3.60%
Medion 1.80%
Sahara 1.80%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.51%
Acer Aspire 5738 2.63%
Acer Aspire 7741 2.63%
Acer Aspire 5742G 2.63%
MSI MS-7592 2.63%
Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 1.75%

About Mail.Ru

Mail.ru is the largest free e-mail service of the Runet.
Publisher URL: corp.mail.ru

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