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Should I remove BullGuard?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
25% remove it75% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8,881
United States Rank #21,173
Reach 0.0432%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.46 days
426.44 days >
Average installed length: 224.06 days


9.0 10.45%
18.1 0.12%
18.0 0.23%
16.0 6.92%
14.0 11.97%
13.0 42.25%
12.0 18.19%
10 9.86%


What is BullGuard?  (from BullGuard)

BullGuard Antivirus comes with an impenetrable protection system based on multiple defence layers. These make sure all online threats, including the newest types of viruses, spyware, phishing, rootkits, botnets, malicious links and spam, stay out of your system. You need top-notch protection when you go online. That’s ...  Read more


BullGuard is a software program developed by BullGuard. The most common release is 13.0, 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. 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. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named bullguard.exe. The setup package generally installs about 61 files and is usually about 92.32 MB (96,809,213 bytes). The installed file BullGuardUpdate.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 26% of users of BullGuard come from United Kingdom, it is also popular in Germany and Belgium.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.bullguard.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\BullGuard Ltd\BullGuard
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\BullGuard Ltd\BullGuard\uninst.exe
Estimated size: 92.32 MB

Program filesFiles installed by BullGuard

Program executable:bullguard.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\bullguard ltd\bullguard\bullguard.exe
Additional files:
  • Instalator.exe - BullGuard Executive Installer
  • Uninst.exe - BullGuard Uninstaller
  • BackupRun.exe - BullGuard (BullGuard Backup)
  • BackupShellHook.dll
  • BackupShellNamespace.dll
  • BackupShellTransfer.exe
  • BdInstHk.dll - BullGuard Installer Helper
  • BgAgent.dll - BullGuard protection agent
  • BgBootMonitor.exe - BgBootMonitor
  • bgcrs.exe - Crash Report Submission
  • BgDelayStartup.exe - BgDelayStartup
  • BgDirSize.exe - BgDirSize
  • BgDuplicateSize.exe - BgDuplicateSize
  • BgInstallAssist.dll - BullGuard Install Assistant
  • BgLauncher.exe - BgLaunch
  • BgLogViewer.exe - On-Demand Log Viewer
  • BgLowIntServer.exe - BgLowIntServer
  • BgNag.exe - BullGuard Communication Screen
  • BgProbe.exe - BgProbe
  • BgRegister.exe - BullGuard Register
  • BgScan.exe - On-Demand Scanner
  • BgScanEngine.dll - BgScan Engine Library
  • BgSecErase.exe - BullGuard Secure Erase
  • BgShellExt.dll - BullGuard Shell Extension
  • BgUpgrade.exe - BullGuard Upgrade
  • BsBackup.dll
  • BsBrowser.dll - BullGuard Antiphishing
  • BsCache.dll - BullGuard CODS Service
  • BsFileScan.dll - On-Access Scan Service
  • BsFire.dll - Firewall Service
  • BsMain.dll - BullGuard Main
  • BsPUA.dll - PUA Engine DLL
  • BullGuardBhvScanner.exe - BullGuard Behavioural Detection
  • BullGuardScanner.exe - BullGuard Scanner
  • BullGuardUpdate.exe - BullGuard Update
  • BullGuardUpdate2.exe - BullGuard Secondary Updater
  • Gui.dll - Gui
  • GUIHook.dll - GUI Hooking Engine
  • InspectorScan.exe - BullGuard Inspector
  • Login.dll - Login
  • ManualUpdate.exe - BullGuard Manual Update
  • NSServ.dll - Behavioural Engine DLL
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • libcurl.dll (by The cURL library, http://curl.haxx.se/) - The cURL library (libcurl Shared Library)
  • libbz2.dll - libbz2
  • libxml2.dll - LibXml
  • BgWsc.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • BgShellExt.dll added as a content menu within Windows Explorer with the class {F4BF1657-195F-4A0F-ACA2-9AE99D65BC0E}.
3 Services
  • BullGuardUpdate.exe runs as a service named 'BullGuard update service' (BsUpdate) "The BullGuard Update service keeps your BullGuard security suite up-to-date, with the latest solutions against threats".
  • BullGuardScanner.exe runs as a service named 'BullGuard scanning service' (BsScanner) "The BullGuard Scan Service is the central anti-virus component of BullGuard Internet Security".
  • BullGuardBhvScanner.exe runs as a service named 'BullGuard Behavioural Detection' (BsBhvScan) "The BullGuard Behavioural Detection Service is an anti-virus component of BullGuard Internet Security".
Startup File (User Run)
  • BgDelayStartup.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'BgDelayStartup' and executes as "C:\Program Files\bullguard ltd\bullguard premium protection\BgDelayStartup.exe" *R3 *F1.
3 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • BgDelayStartup.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'BgDelayStartup' which loads as "C:\Program Files\bullguard ltd\bullguard premium protection\BgDelayStartup.exe" *R5 *R7.
  • BullGuardUpdate2.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'BullGuardUpdate2' which loads as C:\Program Files\bullguard ltd\bullguard\BullGuardUpdate2.exe.
  • BullGuard.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'BullGuard' which loads as "C:\Program Files\BullGuard Ltd\BullGuard\bullguard.exe" -boot.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.95 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000301918%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00001825%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00001194%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:11,253
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:22.19 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:14.08 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove BullGuard?

You can uninstall BullGuard 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 BullGuard, 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 BullGuard.

Win 7 (SP1) 66%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 25%
Keep it 75%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 69.87%
Windows 10 17.47%
Windows Vista 8.79%
Windows XP 3.87%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 53.30%
Windows 7 Professional 7.55%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.31%
Windows 8.1 7.08%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.96%
Microsoft Windows XP 3.89%

Distribution by countryGeography

26.38% of installs come from United Kingdom
Which countries install it?
  United Kingdom 26.38%
  Germany 15.67%
  Belgium 10.94%
  United States 10.60%
  DK 10.25%
  Australia 4.84%
  Netherlands 3.46%
  Ireland 1.96%
  Austria 1.61%
  Brazil 1.50%
  France 1.50%
  Sweden 1.27%
  Spain 0.92%
  New Zealand 0.69%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Medion 21.92%
Acer 20.04%
Hewlett-Packard 16.91%
Dell 9.81%
ASUS 8.77%
Toshiba 6.05%
Samsung 5.43%
Lenovo 2.71%
Common models
MEDIONPC MS-7366 3.70%
MEDIONPC MS-7502 3.03%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.03%
MEDIONPC MS-7616 2.69%
MEDIONPC MS-7646 2.69%
MEDIONPC MS-7318 2.69%

About (from BullGuard Ltd.)

Launched in 2002, BullGuard is one of the fastest growing internet and mobile security brands.
Publisher URL: www.bullguard.com

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121 Computer TLCover a year ago
I run a small computer business (repairs, tuition, installations etc.) in Lincolnshire (UK) & I have installed Bullguard on hundreds of machines as well as my own at home. I have very high confidence in the product. If you have it - stay with it.