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What percent of users and experts removed it?
69% remove it31% keep it
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What is SpyGuard?

SypGuard is a web browser extension that is ad-supported and monitors search and browsing behaviors and injects ads in a web page as well as popups ads. In addition to displaying advertisements, as part of the installation process the publisher may offer changes to the web browser settings. Such changes may include the following:

- Modifying/changing the default home page and tab URL
- Changing the search assistance provider (built-in search box) and search pages
- Adds additional menus and buttons to the browser
- Updating some browser settings which might lower overall security
- Browser popups appear which recommend fake updates or other software.
- Ads with red click here button will pop up when those links are hovered on.
- Other unwanted adware programs might get installed without the user's knowledge.
- Web pages become extremely slow to download due to the multiple ads.

About  (from Big Water Applications)

Spy Guard works by installing a browser extension in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome. All of the files for Spy Guard are installed in the standard 'C:\Program Files (x86)' location - there is no funny business or extra files added. Included in those files is an un-installer that is also registered to app...  Read more
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Displays advertisements unassociated with the underlying web page
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in SpyGuard.
common.dll (f9704228f4f635465590dabf43070ea8) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Dr.Web Adware.Plugin.36
ESET-NOD32 7.8381 a variant of Win32/ExFriendAlert.B

Program detailsProgram details

Help link: www.spyguardapp.com/about.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\spyguard
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\SpyGuard\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 873.32 KB

Program filesFiles installed by SpyGuard

Program module:common.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Spy Guard
Path:C:\Program Files\spyguard\IE\common.dll
Additional files:
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • common.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Spy Guard' with the class of {44ed99e2-16a6-4b89-80d6-5b21cf42e78b}.

How do I remove SpyGuard?

Quickly and completely remove SpyGuard 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 SpyGuard from your computer.
Or, you can uninstall SpyGuard 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 SpyGuard, 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 SpyGuard.
  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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by SpyGuard you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win 8 25%
Uninstall it 69%
Keep it 31%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 50.00%
Windows Vista 25.00%
Windows 8 25.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.57%
Windows Vista Ultimate 14.29%
Windows Vista Business 14.29%
Windows 7 Professional 14.29%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.29%
Windows 8.1 14.29%

Distribution by countryGeography

58.33% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 58.33%
  United Kingdom 25.00%
  France 8.33%
  Australia 8.33%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 42.86%
Dell 28.57%
Lenovo 14.29%
Acer 14.29%
Common models
Packard Bell BV EasyNo... 14.29%
LENOVO IdeaPad Z580 14.29%
HP Pavilion dv4 Notebook ... 14.29%
HP Compaq 6910p (GB961ET#... 14.29%
Dell Inspiron M5030 14.29%
Compaq-Presario GQ567AA-A... 14.29%


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