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Should I remove Spy Guard?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
82% remove it18% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #40,961
United States Rank #31,239
Reach 0.0023%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.11 days
268.74 days >
Average installed length: 141.20 days


2.6.61 17.39%
2.6.58 23.91%
2.6.43 4.35%
2.6.27 8.70%
2.6.24 6.52%
2.6.22 15.22%
2.6.19 10.87%
2.6.17 13.04%

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Spy Guard

What is Spy Guard?

This is an adware web browser extension. From the publisher's site: "In some cases, we may display product offers during your installation process. Of course, you will have the ability to accept or pass on these offers. We try our very best to make sure any product offering follows best practices and actually provides something of value to you."

About  (from Big Water Applications)

Spy Guard is entirely free to use. In order to keep Spy Guard free, we've partnered with high-quality ad providers and you may see additional ads when Spy Guard is installed. We do not allow any really annoying ads, sexual content, or intrusive media; we've only partnered with high-quality ad providers to deliver the b...  Read more


The most common release is 2.6.58, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The primary executable is named common.dll. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 3 files and is usually about 2.56 MB (2,679,409 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Known to reinstall itself
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Spy Guard.
common.dll (d5398fdb0ee4ed2fc2b7c9f480ad7074) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Dr.Web Adware.Plugin.36
ESET-NOD32 8.8860 a variant of Win32/ExFriendAlert.B
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.49267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
Spy Guard has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.spyguardapp.com
Help link: www.spyguardapp.com/about.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\spyguard
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\SpyGuard\uninstall.exe /kb=y
Estimated size: 2.56 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Spy Guard

Program module:common.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Spy Guard
Path:C:\Program Files\spyguard\IE\common.dll
Additional files:
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • common.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Spy Guard' with the class of {44ed99e2-16a6-4b89-80d6-5b21cf42e78b}.

How do I remove Spy Guard?

You can uninstall Spy 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 Spy 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 Spy Guard.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Spy Guard you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win XP 2%
Uninstall it 82%
Keep it 18%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 52.17%
Windows 10 17.39%
Windows XP 15.22%
Windows Vista 15.22%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 31.11%
Microsoft Windows XP 15.56%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.11%
Windows 8 8.89%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.89%
Windows 7 Professional 6.67%

Distribution by countryGeography

68.33% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 68.33%
  United Kingdom 21.67%
  Germany 3.33%
  Australia 3.33%
  France 1.67%
  Philippines 1.67%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 35.56%
Acer 22.22%
Hewlett-Packard 17.78%
Medion 6.67%
Toshiba 6.67%
Samsung 2.22%
Compaq 2.22%
Lenovo 2.22%
ASUS 2.22%
Common models
Dell Latitude E6400 4.88%
TOSHIBA Satellite L775 2.44%
Samsung 300E4C/300E5C/300... 2.44%
MEDION MS-7797 2.44%
Dell OptiPlex 745 ... 2.44%
Dell MM061 2.44%


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