What is Security Guard?
Security Guard is a dubious application identical to Win Security, Safe Browsing, Win Guard and few other. According to the developers, Security Guard significantly improves users’ Internet browsing security -“Win Guard This browser application is designed to secure your browser, while surfing the internet“. At first glance, this app might actually appear legitimate. However, note that it often infiltrates the system without users’ consent. Aside from that, Security Guard generates intrusive online advertisements and tracks users’ Internet browsing activity. For these reasons, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and an adware.
This potentially unwanted program continually monitors users’ Internet browsing activity by gathering various types of browsing-related information, such as, geo-location, language, IP addresses, operating system, website URLs visited, search queries, and so on so forth. Note that some of the collected info can be personally identifiable. Moreover, this data is later shared with third party companies, whose are likely to misuse it with an intention of generating revenue. This kind of behavior can eventually lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Security Guard employs virtual layer to generate various types of intrusive online advertisements. Virtual layer enables placement of third party graphical content, which means that none of the displayed adverts originate from users’ visited websites. Third party advertisements often conceal the underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing users’ Internet browsing quality. There’s a chance that some of the displayed advertisements will lead to an infectious website, and thus, even an accidental click on any of those ads might result in a high-risk adware or malware infection. For these reasons, Security Guard should be uninstalled as soon as possible.
Security Guard is not the only application that falsely claims to enhance users’ Internet browsing quality. There are hundreds of adware-type programs that also give fake promises simply to trick users into installation. Yet after infiltrating the system none of them provide the promised functionality. Instead, applications like FlashBeat, Provider, and Selection Tools track users’ Internet browsing activity and generate obtrusive online advertisements. Every single adware is designed to generate earnings for the developers, thus, they’re completely useless for the user.
How did Security Guard install on my computer?
Security Guard is free for anyone to download at it’s official website. Nevertheless, many users install this app unknowingly. The developers know that users are likely to rush the download and installation processes, therefore, they intentionally conceal installation of potentially unwanted programs within ‘Custom’ or either ‘Advanced’ settings of these two procedures. By recklessly skipping this section users simply expose the system to risk of various infections.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Installation of applications similar to Security Guard can easily be prevented by taking two simple steps. First of all, always closely analyze every single step of the software download and installation processes using either ‘Custom’ or ‘Advanced’ settings. Moreover, make sure to cancel all bundled software listed for download/installation.
Quick solution to remove Security Guard
Security Guard adware removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for “Security Guard“, select this entry and click “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Security Guard ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Security Guard adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Security Guard did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the “gear” icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select “Manage Add-ons”. Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click “Remove”.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the security guard , reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select “Tools” and click on “Extensions”. Locate: all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the security guard , reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select “Add-ons”. Click on “Extensions”, in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with security guard removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon,
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences….
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data…
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Security Guard is an adware program that tracks user’s Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user’s Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don’t properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download. Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the decline button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications.
Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn’t allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it’s developers website. To avoid installation of adware be very attentive when downloading and installing free software.
If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars. When installing the already downloaded free program choose custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove security guard from your computer, please ask for assistance in our Malware Virus Removal and Tune Up.
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