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What percent of users and experts removed it?
24% remove it76% keep it
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United States Rank #38,922
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Privacy Guardian 4.5

What is Privacy Guardian?  (from PC Tools Software)

PC Tools Privacy Guardian works with popular Internet browsers to erase your browsing history, search history, cookies, passwords, and download logs to help keep your Internet activities private. It even works with chat programs, media players, FTP browsers, email clients, and peer-to-peer file transfer programs to pro...  Read more


Privacy Guardian 4.5 is a program developed by PC Tools Software. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. The main program executable is pg.exe. The software installer includes 16 files and is usually about 19.58 MB (20,528,467 bytes). Update.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows XP. While about 50% of users of Privacy Guardian come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Taiwan.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pctools.com/en/privacy-guardian
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Privacy Guardian\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Privacy Guardian\unins000.exe" /Log
Estimated size: 19.58 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Privacy Guardian 4.5

Program executable:pg.exe
Name:Privacy Guardian
Privacy Guardian 4.5
Path:C:\Program Files\privacy guardian\pg.exe
Additional files:
  • PCTLicHelper.dll - License Helper Dynamic Link Library
  • InnoHelpers.dll - InnoHelpers Dynamic Link Library
  • InstalledPrograms.dll - Installe Dynamic Link Library (InstalledPrograms Dynamic Link Library)
  • PGTray.exe - Privacy Guardian Startup Tray
  • PrivacyHelper.dll - PrivacyH Dynamic Link Library
  • Cookies.dll - Cookies Dynamic Link Library
  • UpdateHlpr.dll - PC Tools Smart Update Helper
  • PMSystem.dll - PC Tools Plugin Manager
  • Update.exe - PC Tools Smart Update
  • Upgrade.exe - PC Tools Upgrade
  • PgHist.exe - CleanHistory
  • Activate.dll - Helper library
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall
  • Alert.exe - PC Tool Smart Alert
  • sqlite3.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • PGTray.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'PrivacyGuardian' and executes as C:\Program Files\Privacy Guardian\PGTray.exe /S.

How do I remove Privacy Guardian?

You can uninstall Privacy Guardian 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 Privacy Guardian 4.5, 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 Privacy Guardian.

Win 7 (SP1) 59%
Win 7 2%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 24%
Keep it 76%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 60.98%
Windows XP 17.07%
Windows 10 12.20%
Windows Vista 9.76%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 34.15%
Microsoft Windows XP 17.07%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.07%
Windows 7 Professional 9.76%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.32%
Windows 8 Pro with Media ... 4.88%

Distribution by countryGeography

50.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 50.00%
  United Kingdom 10.00%
  Taiwan 10.00%
  Australia 6.00%
  Netherlands 4.00%
  Colombia 2.00%
  France 2.00%
  Croatia 2.00%
  Indonesia 2.00%
  Israel 2.00%
  Iran 2.00%
  Italy 2.00%
  Lebanon 2.00%
  NG 2.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.57%
Dell 22.86%
Acer 11.43%
Samsung 5.71%
Toshiba 5.71%
American Megatrends 5.71%
ASUS 5.71%
Gateway 2.86%
Sahara 2.86%
Compaq 2.86%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite M45 2.70%
TOSHIBA Satellite L305 2.70%
Samsung R610 2.70%
Samsung R530/R730/R540 ... 2.70%
MSI. MS-7207NG 2.70%
MSI MS-7752 2.70%

About PC Tools Software

PC Tools, a subsidiary of Symantec Corporation, develops security utilities for consumers and enterprises whose products include Spyware Doctor which provides spyware protection to secure Windows personal computers, Registry Mechanic, a registry cleaner to fix Windows errors, PC Tools AntiVirus which offers protection against virus infections and File Recover, which recovers files from hard drives, floppy drives, and fixed media.
Publisher URL: www.pctools.com


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