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Should I remove SettingsGuard?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
78% remove it22% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #18,970
United States Rank #22,869
Reach 0.0137%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 4.20 days
123.86 days >
Average installed length: 65.08 days


VersionDistribution 61.14% 3.11% 1.04%
1.0.1502.1810 3.63%
1.0.1501.2014 2.59%
1.0.1501.1622 1.55%
1.0.1501.1620 0.52%
1.0.1411.1411 15.54%
1.0.1410.3011 10.88%


What is SettingsGuard?

SettingsGuard (PerformerSoft, iBario) is a web browser extension that will hijack the user's browser search settings, home page and new tabs.

From the EULA: "In order to provide you with the services, SmartCyberTechnology may install browser add-ons, plugins or widgets to any and all of your browsers. SmartCyberTechnology may change your default search engine to add SmartCyberTechnology's (or any of SmartCyberTechnology's affiliates) search engine; SmartCyberTechnology's search engine is provided free of charge, and provides you with great search results. In order to protect you from potentially unwanted software, SmartCyberTechnology tracks and monitors whether other applications have tried to change your homepage, new tab page or default search engines and notifies you when such changes occur. Furthermore, SmartCyberTechnology may track software which might try to prevent you from changing your homepage, new tab or default search engine, a change to which you consent and choose to conduct. "

About  (from SmartCyberTechnology)

Transparent, Fast and FREE browser protection for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Internet Explorer. SmartCyberTechnology may change your new tab page on any of your browsers to add the SmartCyberTechnology new tab application or page. The new tab application or page uses some of your original preferen...  Read more
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Starts automatically
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in SettingsGuard.
SettingsGuard.exe (07aa93a012b80c3778b780951f03941c) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2015.03.31 Trojan/Win32.Agent
AVware Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
McAfee 5600.6797 Artemis!07AA93A012B8
Norman 10.20150413 Suspicious_Gen2.WBRBI
Symantec 4/13/2015 rev. 2 Trojan.Gen
Trend Micro 10.465.13 TROJ_GEN.R0C1C0OB915
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.103 TROJ_GEN.R0C1C0OB915
VIPRE Antivirus 38918 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
sg.exe (f5be2d986bcdb7b9e7dcbece4ecebb30) has been flagged by the following 27 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Trojan.Generic.12346312
Agnitum Outpost Riskware.Agent!
AhnLab-V3 2015.03.21.00 Trojan/Win32.Agent
ALYac Trojan.Generic.12346312
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Dropper-gen [Drp]
Avira TR/Rogue.1825280
AVware Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
Baidu-International PUA.Win32.SettingsGuard.81
Bitdefender 7.2 Trojan.Generic.12346312
Cyren W32/Trojan.SJFI-4056
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Trojan.Generic.12346312 (B)
ESET-NOD32 11353 Win32/SmartCyberTech.A potentially unwanted
Fortinet FortiGate 5.0.999.0 Riskware/SmartCyberTech
G Data 25 Trojan.Generic.12346312
K7 AntiVirus 9.202.15333 Trojan ( 004b19ea1 )
K7GW 9.202.15333 Trojan ( 004b19ea1 )
McAfee GenericR-CXI!F5BE2D986BCD
McAfee-GW-Edition v2014.2 BehavesLike.Win32.Dropper.th
MicroWorld-eScan Trojan.Generic.12346312
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32.Rogue.dnrobr
nProtect 2015-03-20.01 Trojan.Generic.12346312
Panda Antivirus Trj/Genetic.gen
Sophos 4.98.0 Generic PUA NJ
Symantec 20141.2.0.56 Trojan.Gen.2
Trend Micro 9.740.0.1012 TROJ_GEN.R0C1C0OLQ14
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R0C1C0OLQ14
VIPRE Antivirus 38612 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
       View all 35 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

URL: SmartCyberTechnology.com
Installation folder: C:\ProgramData\settingsguard
Uninstaller: C:\ProgramData\SettingsGuard\uninstall.exe uninstall
Estimated size: 17.73 MB

Program filesFiles installed by SettingsGuard

Program executable:SettingsGuard.exe (Malware detected)
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) SettingsGuard.exe - SettingsGuard
  • uninstall.exe
  • aff.dll
  • aie.dll
  • aie64.dll
  • asg.dll
  • ld.dll
  • ld64.dll
  • loader.dll
  • sg.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • SettingsGuard.exe runs as a service named 'SettingsGuard' (SettingsGuard) "SettingsGuard".
Startup File (User Run)
  • sg.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'SettingsGuardUi' and executes as "C:\ProgramData\SettingsGuard\1.0.1411.1411\sg.exe".

How do I remove SettingsGuard?

Quickly and completely remove SettingsGuard from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Download "Should I Remove It?", it's FREE!Remove SettingsGuard from your computer.
Or, you can uninstall SettingsGuard 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 SettingsGuard, 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 SettingsGuard.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.
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Win 8 42%
Win XP 1%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 78%
Keep it 22%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 47.67%
Windows 8 42.49%
Windows XP 6.74%
Windows Vista 3.11%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 19.69%
Windows 8.1 18.65%
Windows 7 Home Premium 11.92%
Windows 7 Professional 11.40%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.74%
Windows 8.1 Pro 6.22%

Distribution by countryGeography

25.12% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 25.12%
  Canada 4.65%
  DZ 4.19%
  India 3.72%
  United Kingdom 3.72%
  South Africa 3.26%
  Portugal 3.26%
  Indonesia 2.79%
  Germany 2.79%
  BD 2.33%
  MA 2.33%
  Mexico 1.86%
  IQ 1.86%
  OM 1.86%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.86%
Dell 20.14%
Toshiba 13.89%
Acer 13.19%
Lenovo 8.33%
ASUS 6.25%
Samsung 2.78%
Intel 1.39%
Common models
LENOVO 20351 2.70%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.70%
HP 15 Notebook PC 2.70%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 1.80%
Dell Inspiron 3442 1.80%
HP Mini 210-1000 1.80%


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