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Should I remove Guard.ICQ?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #21,675
United States Rank #42,943
Reach 0.0093%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 30.62 days
903.23 days >
Average installed length: 474.58 days

Typically installed together



Guard.ICQ is a software program developed by Mail.Ru. 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. The programs's main executable is guardicq.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 4.88 MB of memory. The setup package is about 1.49 MB (1,564,368 bytes) when donwloaded. 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 37% of users of Guard.ICQ come from Germany, it is also popular in Czech Republic and the United States.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\guard-icq
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Guard-ICQ\GuardICQ.exe" /uninstall
Estimated size: 1.49 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Guard.ICQ

Program executable:guardicq.exe
Name:GuardMailRu Module
Signed by:LLC Mail.Ru
Path:C:\Program Files\guard-icq\guardicq.exe
(From the publisher) “Practice safe chatting: ICQ Guard is designed specifically to protect your personal files and data when using ICQ and ICQ-based chat and messaging systems. The program supports all versions of ICQ up to latest 2002a. ICQ...”

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • GuardICQ.exe runs as a service named 'Guard.Mail.ru' (Guard.Mail.ru) "Guard.ICQ: Protects browsers settings (version".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • GuardICQ.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Guard.Mail.ru.gui' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Guard-ICQ\GuardICQ.exe" /gui.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.88 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0258259977%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.01688891%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00893709%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:5,375,604
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:502.49 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:7.92 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Guard.ICQ?

You can uninstall Guard.ICQ 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 Guard.ICQ, 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 Guard.ICQ.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 76.09%
Windows 10 9.24%
Windows XP 8.70%
Windows Vista 5.98%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 54.64%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.57%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.20%
Windows 7 Professional 7.65%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.37%
Windows 8.1 4.37%

Distribution by countryGeography

37.43% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 37.43%
  Czech Republic 24.60%
  United States 10.70%
  Israel 6.42%
  Slovakia 3.74%
  United Kingdom 2.67%
  Italy 1.60%
  Brazil 1.07%
  Austria 1.07%
  Netherlands 1.07%
  MA 0.53%
  Qatar 0.53%
  Switzerland 0.53%
  RS 0.53%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 37.29%
Hewlett-Packard 11.02%
Dell 10.17%
ASUS 9.32%
Lenovo 4.24%
Toshiba 4.24%
American Megatrends 4.24%
Samsung 4.24%
Medion 1.69%
Sahara 1.69%
Common models
Acer Aspire 5742G 3.48%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.48%
Acer Aspire 5738 2.61%
Acer Aspire 7741 2.61%
MSI MS-7592 2.61%
Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 1.74%

About Mail.Ru

Mail.ru is the largest free e-mail service of the Runet.
Publisher URL: corp.mail.ru


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