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What percent of users and experts removed it?
10% remove it90% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #31,515
United States Rank #20,292
Reach 0.0043%


VersionDistribution 45.88%

Typically installed together

Other programs by Sony Online Entertainment



Vanguard is a software program developed by Sony Online Entertainment. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The setup package generally installs about 7 files. 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 82% of users of Vanguard come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.soe.com
Installation folder: C:\games\vanguard
Uninstaller: C:\Games\Vanguard\Uninstaller.exe

Program filesFiles installed by Vanguard

  • LaunchPad.exe - LaunchPad (GameLauncher)
  • Uninstaller.exe
  • Vanguard.exe - Vanguard Updater and Launcher (VanguardLauncher)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • LaunchPad.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{098A1A94-81B4-4113-B9E4-90A8D01A1A84}' (runs on registration).
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • LaunchPad.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Dragon's Prophet\LaunchPad.exe'.
  • Vanguard.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Sony\Vanguard\Vanguard.exe'.

How do I remove Vanguard?

You can uninstall Vanguard 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 Vanguard, 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 Vanguard.

Win 7 (SP1) 68%
Win XP 2%
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 70.59%
Windows 10 17.65%
Windows Vista 9.41%
Windows XP 2.35%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 47.06%
Windows 7 Professional 10.59%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.59%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.24%
Windows 8 Pro 4.71%
Windows 8.1 4.71%

Distribution by countryGeography

82.11% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 82.11%
  Canada 3.25%
  Germany 2.44%
  United Kingdom 2.44%
  Spain 1.63%
  Netherlands 1.63%
  Ireland 1.63%
  Brazil 0.81%
  Belgium 0.81%
  France 0.81%
  Australia 0.81%
  Russia 0.81%
  Sweden 0.81%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.83%
Dell 21.95%
Acer 17.07%
ASUS 9.76%
Gateway 4.88%
Apple 2.44%
Alienware 2.44%
American Megatrends 2.44%
Common models
Hewlett-Packard h8-1100z 3.64%
MSI MS-7522 3.64%
HP Pavilion 17 Notebook P... 3.64%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 1.82%
Hewlett-Packard h8-1234 1.82%
Samsung 3570R/370R/470R/4... 1.82%

About (from Sony Online Entertainment)

At SOE, we take pride in the fact that we are all gamers.
Publisher URL: www.soe.com


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