84,488,480 programs installed

Should I remove AVG SafeGuard toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
62% remove it38% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #407
United States Rank #226
Reach 1.5469%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 24.20 days
713.89 days >
Average installed length: 375.09 days


VersionDistribution 0.31% 1.11% 0.10% 0.09% 0.80% 0.25% 0.96% 1.02% 0.25% 1.35% 1.29% 1.12% 0.15% 2.59% 0.28% 0.04% 3.75% 0.06% 0.02% 0.07% 1.16% 0.01% 0.11% 15.63% 0.65% 2.42% 0.00% 1.13% 0.14% 0.37% 1.06% 8.35% 0.10% 0.13% 0.28% 0.79% 2.30% 0.07% 0.13% 0.22% 2.22% 4.61% 1.31% 0.17% 2.27% 0.49% 0.85% 1.57% 2.69% 3.57% 2.40%
83 versions

AVG SafeGuard toolbar

What is AVG SafeGuard toolbar?

The AVG SafeGuard toolbar is included in AVG Technologies’s family of security software, as a standalone program, and as a third party bundles. AVG Security Toolbar incluedes a link scanner that displays security information about websites. The toolbar offers search, weather information, a link to a speedtest and other features that are not really related to security. It also may send event logs and other system-related information to a server, and may automatically download and install updates without notifying the user. The optional toolbar offers safe search as well as access to weather, facebook, and several Windows apps.

The toolbar will modify the users home and search page to use http://isearch.avg.com.

About  (from AVG Technologies)

AVG SafeGuard toolbar powered by Ask is a web browser toolbar which is co-branded by Ask.com. The makes it easy to get Avery Templates, tips and product information, makes web browsing more convenient, provides quick access to maps, weather and news. This browser toolbar is customizable and will help you search the Int...  Read more
  • Starts automatically
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Connects to a server over the Internet
AVG SafeGuard toolbar has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.avg.com/us-en/secure-search
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\avg safeguard toolbar
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\AVG SafeGuard toolbar\UNINSTALL.exe /PROMPT /UNINSTALL
Estimated size: 5.64 MB

Program filesFiles installed by AVG SafeGuard toolbar

Program executable:vprot.exe
Name:VProtect Application
Path:C:\Program Files\avg secure search\vprot.exe
Additional files:
  • Uninstall.exe - AVG Uninstaller
  • BundleInstall.exe (by AVG Secure Search) - BundleInstall Application
  • PostInstall.exe (by AVG Secure Search) - PostInstall Application (PostInstall Application (Official))
  • lip.exe - LowInteg Application (LowInteg)
  • TBAPI.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • Uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{934CF861-E24D-4E9E-8483-D43530986D35}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • BundleInstall.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named AV_PWB.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • vprot.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'vProt' which loads as "C:\Program Files\AVG SafeGuard toolbar\vprot.exe".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • vprot.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\AVG SafeGuard toolbar\vprot.exe'.
Network connections
  • vprot.exe connects to a23-63-227-194.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • vprot.exe connects to a23-79-7-117.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • vprot.exe connects to a23-56-39-117.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • vprot.exe connects to a184-51-207-58.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • vprot.exe connects to (port 80).
  • vprot.exe connects to (port 80).
  • vprot.exe connects to a23-15-7-162.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • vprot.exe connects to a23-3-68-130.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • vprot.exe connects to a23-59-191-59.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • vprot.exe connects to (port 80).
  • Plus 3 more

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:9.84 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001861694%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00017600%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00001017%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:15,047,194
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:9.95 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:119.74 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove AVG SafeGuard toolbar?

You can uninstall AVG SafeGuard toolbar 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program AVG SafeGuard toolbar, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 AVG SafeGuard toolbar.
  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 AVG SafeGuard toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 53%
Win 10 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 62%
Keep it 38%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 57.29%
Windows 10 30.61%
Windows Vista 6.23%
Windows XP 5.84%
Windows Server 2003 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 35.53%
Windows 8.1 12.92%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.54%
Windows 7 Professional 8.90%
Windows 8 6.20%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.72%

Distribution by countryGeography

74.02% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 74.02%
  United Kingdom 3.40%
  Canada 1.87%
  Italy 1.24%
  Germany 1.10%
  Brazil 0.91%
  Israel 0.89%
  Australia 0.88%
  Netherlands 0.82%
  France 0.81%
  DZ 0.79%
  India 0.78%
  Saudi Arabia 0.71%
  Indonesia 0.52%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 31.30%
Dell 24.58%
Acer 14.27%
Toshiba 9.02%
ASUS 8.78%
Lenovo 3.65%
Samsung 3.21%
Intel 1.17%
American Megatrends 0.64%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.08%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.75%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 4.82%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.28%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 4.08%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.78%

About AVG Technologies

AVG Technologies is a global leader in security software, protecting more than 110 million consumers and small business computer users in 167 countries.
Publisher URL: www.avg.com

comments11 comments

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NotNiceGirlover a year ago
I'm not sure what this download was attached to, I'm very careful about not allowing third party downloads onto my computer, but this one must have slipped past. In any case it was a pain in the butt to remove. The uninstaller kept freezing, telling me to log on as an administrator (I already was) and many times wouldn't open at all. I finally got rid of this worthless piece of software using 'Should I Remove It', even so it took a ridiculous amount of tries. I finally was able to simply 'X' out of the "Log on as an administrator' pop up, it closed and so did the uninstaller. I used 'Should I Remove It' to reopen the uninstaller immediately and it RAN. FINALLY RID OF THIS DOWNLOAD!
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Carl - Unhappy over a year ago
Would not trust ANY software from AVG or any that co-bundle it. This is more spam and junk than anything else.
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Agent766over a year ago
This is also bundled with PowerISO.
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Kaitlynover a year ago
I've downloaded your software and have had no problem getting rid of other programs- but this /one/ dang program still wont go away, no matter how many times I tell it to remove it.
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Kevin Fover a year ago
Crashes immediately upon launch and therefore is just taking up room. Tried to remove it before but to no avail. I had several infections while running AVG but zero with Avast.
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fred farkleover a year ago
Your avg program invited itself onto my computer. I do not want this on my computer. when I attempted to uninstall it,it refuses to go away, it is unwelcome please remove this disease from my computer
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pisdoffinsocalover a year ago
AVG left me a mess . SLOWED me to a standstill . Complete aggravating waste of space. Delete Delete Delete
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Voltenover a year ago
This does hardly anything useful and is hard to remove, slows down all browsers and changes system settings. Avoid at all costs.
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DaffyDover a year ago
More bloatware we don't need.
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Steve Hover a year ago
The reason I don't like the program AVG SAFEGUARD TOOLBAR It slow"s my PC to the point where it won't load a page and I don't like that I can't get rid of it from add and remove it won't let,it's a problem please uninstall it from my PC.Thank You Steve
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edkwover a year ago
My system was slowing down so I ran my anti virus and found page after page of input by the AVG toolbar. I then fired up my "UNINSTAlL program and ditched all accurances of AVG and reran my search for viruses program and lo and behold, NO viruses, no accurances of AVG snooping.... I do believe AVG should apoligize for having such a program with AVG name attached. I can no longer feel that AVG is a trusted company. The AVG people are going for the almighty buck rather than being a valued company. They have become what they advertise as secure programs.