Security Guard Adware
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Security Guard?
Security Guard is a dubious application identical to Win Security, Safe Browsing, Win Guard, and many others. According to the developers, Security Guard significantly improves Internet browsing security - "Security Guard This browser application is designed to secure your browser, while surfing the internet".
On initial inspection, this app might appear legitimate, however, it often infiltrates systems without users’ consent. In addition, Security Guard generates intrusive online advertisements and tracks Internet browsing activity. For these reasons, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.
This potentially unwanted program continually monitors browsing activity by gathering various browsing-related information such as geo-location, language, IP addresses, operating system, website URLs visited, search queries, and so on. Some of this collected information might be personally identifiable.
Furthermore, it is later shared with third party companies who misuse personal data to generate revenue. This behavior can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Security Guard employs a 'virtual layer' to generate various intrusive online advertisements. The virtual layer enables placement of third party graphical content on any visited site.
Therefore, none of the displayed ads originate from users' visited websites. Third party advertisements often conceal underlying web content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience.
Some may also lead to an infectious websites and, thus, even accidental clicks on them might result in high-risk adware or malware infections. For these reasons, Security Guard should be uninstalled immediately.
Security Guard is not the only application falsely claiming to enhance the Internet browsing experience. There are hundreds of adware-type programs also giving fake promises simply to trick users to install. After system infiltration, none provide the functionality promised.
Applications such as FlashBeat, Provider, and Selection Tools, track users' Internet browsing activity and generate intrusive online advertisements. All adware is designed to generate revenue for the developers - it is useless for users.
How did Security Guard install on my computer?
Security Guard is free for anyone to download on its official website, however, many users install this app inadvertently.
The developers know that users often rush the download and installation processes and, therefore, intentionally conceal installation of potentially unwanted programs within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings of these procedures. By skipping this section, users expose their systems to risk of various infections.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Installation of applications such as Security Guard can be prevented by taking two simple steps. Firstly, closely analyze each step of the software download and installation processes using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. Secondly, cancel all bundled software listed for download/installation.
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- What is Security Guard?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Security Guard application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Security Guard adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Security Guard ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Security Guard' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Security Guard ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Security Guard adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 that 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 ads by 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 "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 ads by security guard, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by 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 Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox 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.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by security guard, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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