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Should I remove AVG Security Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
51% remove it49% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #336
United States Rank #392
Reach 1.8046%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 19.61 days
578.58 days >
Average installed length: 304.00 days


VersionDistribution 0.19% 0.84% 0.61% 0.15% 0.62% 0.67% 1.20% 0.40% 0.78% 1.23% 2.61% 0.44% 4.27% 0.03% 12.30% 1.53% 0.11% 5.33% 5.20% 5.02% 1.93% 0.22% 5.76% 3.10% 3.63% 5.07% 0.21% 0.01% 0.56% 0.02% 6.33% 0.02% 2.62% 0.01% 3.46% 0.03% 3.35% 0.30% 0.28% 15.21% 0.75% 0.00% 0.00% 0.03% 0.60% 0.01% 0.01% 0.04% 0.18% 0.02% 0.12%
77 versions

AVG Security Toolbar

What is AVG Security Toolbar?

The AVG Security 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.

About  (from AVG Technologies)

AVG Secure Search alerts you before you visit dangerous webpages to make sure your identity, personal information, and computer are protected. In addition, our integrated AVG Do Not Track brings the control over your privacy back to you. AVG Secure Search provides clear safety ratings for each link in your search resul...  Read more


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. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named vprot.exe. The setup package generally installs about 22 files and is usually about 24.18 MB (25,358,060 bytes).
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Connects to the Internet

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.avg.com/us-en/secure-search
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Common Files\AVG Secure Search\ScriptHelperInstaller\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\AVG Secure Search\UNINSTALL.exe /UNINSTALL
Estimated size: 24.18 MB

Program filesFiles installed by AVG Security Toolbar

Program executable:vprot.exe
Name:VProtect Application
Path:C:\Program Files\avg secure search\vprot.exe
Additional files:
  • PostInstall.exe (by AVG Secure Search) - PostInstall Application (PostInstall Application (Official))
  • lip.exe (by AVG Secure Search) - LowInteg Application (LowInteg)
  • avguidx.dll - AVG Internet Security (AVG UID module)
  • Uninstall.exe - AVG Uninstaller
  • MigrationTool.exe - AVG Migration Tool (AVG Migration Tool Application)
  • GenericWndApi.dll - Generic Window API
  • TBAPI.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • vprot.exe is scheduled as a task named 'VProtect Application' (runs weekly on Mondays at 10:00 AM).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • vprot.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named vProt.
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 Secure Search\vprot.exe".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • vprot.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\AVG Secure Search\vprot.exe'.
Network connections
  • vprot.exe connects to (port 80).
  • vprot.exe connects to (port 80).
  • vprot.exe connects to a209-8-118-67.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • vprot.exe connects to a96-17-148-104.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • vprot.exe connects to a23-45-7-117.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • vprot.exe connects to a96-7-207-117.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • vprot.exe connects to (port 80).
  • vprot.exe connects to (port 80).
  • vprot.exe connects to (port 80).
  • vprot.exe connects to a184-50-247-117.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • Plus 57 more

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:17.23 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0015033787%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00078999%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00071339%
0.015104% average

How do I remove AVG Security Toolbar?

You can uninstall AVG Security 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 Security 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 Security Toolbar.

Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win 10 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 51%
Keep it 49%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 70.60%
Windows Vista 11.04%
Windows XP 9.93%
Windows 10 8.39%
Windows Server 2003 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 45.31%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.94%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.74%
Windows 7 Professional 8.90%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.64%
Windows 8.1 2.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

45.44% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 45.44%
  United Kingdom 7.46%
  Germany 5.36%
  Canada 3.83%
  Australia 3.19%
  Italy 2.52%
  Netherlands 2.15%
  Brazil 1.91%
  Belgium 1.65%
  Israel 1.62%
  France 1.16%
  Sweden 1.12%
  India 1.11%
  Spain 1.03%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.19%
Dell 22.61%
Acer 18.52%
Toshiba 9.06%
ASUS 7.27%
Samsung 3.08%
Lenovo 2.12%
Intel 1.60%
American Megatrends 1.39%
Sahara 0.85%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.45%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.18%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.45%
Dell Inspiron 1545 3.41%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.73%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.27%

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

comments2 comments

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Vanmax22over a year ago
2 of my AntiVirus software items said it was a virus. If you do download it and your antivirus says it is a virus. REMOVE IT. IT IS TELLLING THE TRUTH.
user comment
Stanley89over a year ago
While downloading this toolbar, my antivirus detected a virus. I just thought it was a conflict and continued. I do not recommend this product to anyone. If you should decide to download it, then listen to your anti virus as it is telling you the truth.