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What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
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United States Rank #28,329
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Microsoft Choice Guard

What is Microsoft Choice Guard?

Microsoft Choice Guard is a small piece of software that's downloaded during the Windows Live installation process to carry out any changes that you choose to make to your browser settings. If you choose to change your default search engine, Choice Guard looks for any programs on your computer that might interfere with this process and works around them to let you change your default search engine. Choice Guard does this to help ensure that choosing your default search engine is as easy as possible.


The primary executable is named cguard.exe.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Search Enhancement Pack\Choice Guard\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{F0E12BBA-AD66-4022-A453-A1C8A0C4D570}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft Choice Guard

Program executable:cguard.exe
Name:Choice Guard
Choice Guard command line interface
Path:C:\Program Files\microsoft\search enhancement pack\choice guard\cguard.exe
Additional files:
  • ChoiceGuard.dll - Choice Guard (Bing)

How do I remove Microsoft Choice Guard?

You can uninstall Microsoft Choice Guard 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 Microsoft Choice Guard, 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 Microsoft Choice Guard.

Win Vista (SP2) 32%
Win XP 1%
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 45.64%
Windows XP 28.19%
Windows 7 22.15%
Windows 10 4.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 35.97%
Microsoft Windows XP 25.18%
Windows 7 Home Premium 13.67%
Windows Vista Home Basic 11.51%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.04%
Windows 7 Professional 2.88%

Distribution by countryGeography

31.65% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 31.65%
  Germany 13.29%
  United Kingdom 9.49%
  France 7.59%
  Canada 4.43%
  Spain 3.16%
  Austria 2.53%
  Italy 2.53%
  Taiwan 1.90%
  Australia 1.90%
  Portugal 1.90%
  Netherlands 1.90%
  Saudi Arabia 1.90%
  Belgium 1.27%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.16%
Dell 25.24%
Acer 14.56%
Toshiba 7.77%
American Megatrends 6.80%
Intel 3.88%
Sahara 2.91%
Medion 2.91%
MSI 0.97%
Common models
Dell MP061 2.00%
Acer Aspire 5732Z 2.00%
Dell Inspiron 580 2.00%
Dell Inspiron 1525 2.00%
HP Pavilion dv6700 Notebo... 2.00%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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