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Should I remove SearchGUARDIAN?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #46,532
United States Rank #40,749
Reach 0.0017%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.74 days
316.82 days >
Average installed length: 166.47 days


0.9.147 14.71%
0.9.128 26.47%
0.9.121 2.94%
0.9.117 5.88%
0.9.111 26.47%
0.9.102 11.76%
0.9.99 5.88%
0.9.92 2.94%
0.9.87 2.94%



SearchGUARDIAN is a software program developed by UTILILAB GmbH. The most common release is 0.9.128, 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. The primary executable is named main_1.exe. The setup package generally installs about 12 files and is usually about 29.02 MB (30,434,907 bytes). The installed file updater.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 52% of users of SearchGUARDIAN come from the United States, it is also popular in Italy and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: utililab.mysearchguardian.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\UTILILAB\SearchGUARDIAN\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{313FC459-42E4-4F49-9053-E6A7D6456ACC}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 29.02 MB
Language: English (United Kingdom)

Program filesFiles installed by SearchGUARDIAN

Program executable:main_1.exe
Additional files:
  • netcontroller.dll - UTILILAB Net Controller (UTILILAB Net Controller [sgd])
  • sgdsvc.exe - UTILILAB SearchGUARDIAN (UTILILAB SearchGUARDIAN Service)
  • updsvc.exe - UTILILAB (UTILILAB Update Service)
  • SearchGUARDIANInstaller.exe - WinRAR UTILILAB Installer
  • netsvc.exe (by UtilTool Limited) - UtilTool Net Filter (UtilTool Net Filter Service)
  • sgdtray.exe
  • updater.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Services
  • updsvc.exe runs as a service named 'SearchGUARDIAN Update Service' (utupdsvc) "SearchGUARDIAN Update Service".
  • sgdsvc.exe runs as a service named 'Search GUARDIAN Service' (sgdsvc) "SearchGUARDIAN Service".
  • netsvc.exe runs as a service named 'Net Service' (netsvc) "Net Service".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • sgdtray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SGDTray' which loads as C:\Program Files\UTILILAB\SearchGUARDIAN\sgdtray.exe.

How do I remove SearchGUARDIAN?

You can uninstall SearchGUARDIAN 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 SearchGUARDIAN, 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 SearchGUARDIAN.

Win 7 (SP1) 62%
Win 7 6%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.65%
Windows 10 32.35%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 38.24%
Windows 10 Home 17.65%
Windows 7 Home Premium 11.76%
Windows 7 Professional 11.76%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 5.88%
Windows 10 Enterprise 2.94%

Distribution by countryGeography

52.27% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 52.27%
  Italy 9.09%
  Germany 6.82%
  United Kingdom 6.82%
  Netherlands 4.55%
  United Arab Emirates 2.27%
  Colombia 2.27%
  DK 2.27%
  Spain 2.27%
  France 2.27%
  India 2.27%
  Jordan 2.27%
  Philippines 2.27%
  Sweden 2.27%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.59%
Dell 17.24%
Acer 17.24%
Lenovo 17.24%
Toshiba 10.34%
Sony 3.45%
Samsung 3.45%
ASUS 3.45%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite C845D 3.33%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 3.33%
Sony VGN-NW235D 3.33%
Samsung 300E4C/300E5C/300... 3.33%
MSI MS-7817 3.33%


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