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Remove Ads by Security Guard (Updated)

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If you want to download Security Guard, we recommend you to read this article first. You should think twice if it is really worth placing this program on your computer. Although it pledges to enhance your browsing experience, to ensure safe Internet surfing and protect you from phishing attacks, in reality, it has already aroused various discussions among Internet users and has even been labeled as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). What is more, this program is deemed to be an adware type program, too.

Security Guard. What kind of software is it? Is it safe to keep it on PC system?

First of all, you should note that Security Guard can track your online activities and send collected data to its developers who might further use if to improve affiliate marketing. Although it claims to be interested in personally non-identifiable information only (your browsing history, clicks, search queries, PC geolocation, e-mail and IP addresses), you cannot be sure whether it cannot find out some personal details about you, too. We have noticed that this software actually does not improve the browsing experience, but worsens it. It actually slows down the computer system, because it delivers much promotional content to user’s screen while he or she browses the Internet.

Questions about Ads by Security Guard

“Ads by Security Guard” usually display various discount codes, price comparisons, vouchers, and other content that is supposed to save your time and money online. Well, in reality, these ads are only going to make you WASTE time because we are sure you are going to close them all. These ads are very intrusive; moreover, they are not useful at any point. You see, clicking on these ads can cause redirects to unsafe third-party websites. Such web domains sometimes try to convince users to install high-risk programs, that can appear to be adware or malware. If you want to avoid Security Guard redirects, you should stay away from this program and eliminate it as soon as you detect it silently working on the background of the system. If this program has already placed its files on your PC, we recommend deleting it with a help of a reputable anti-spyware software (for instance, Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego (Windows OS) or Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus (Windows and Mac OS)) due to several reasons.

Security Guard adware

How can Security Guard hijack my computer?

Security Guard is promoted on its official site where users can download it if desired. However, we have already explained why this program should be deemed as untrustworthy one. The biggest issue is that this browser parasite is often bundled with various freeware or shareware and this way it can infiltrate random computers without asking user’s permission in a direct way. You should put all your effort to avoid its installation. It is actually very simple. All you need to do to avoid its infiltration is to carefully install free software. Always take your time and read software’s Licence and Privacy Policy. Besides, it is important to select Advanced or Custom installation mode if possible, because it discloses the list of additional software components that you might not want to install. These particular installation settings let you deselect the agreements to install such optional software additions. If it is too late and Security Guard has already infiltrated your system, do not wait until it causes serious problems on your computer and remove it once detected. The removal guide is provided on page 2.

How to remove this PC intruder?

Security Guard is a controversial program that you should not rely on. If it has stepped inside your PC’s system together with another free program, it goes without saying that you have to eliminate it. We always recommend scanning your PC with reputable anti-spyware software because it does not only find this adware, but it also detects other potentially unwanted programs that may be hiding on your computer. Then, such software can delete such threats with ease. In case you do not want to use additional software to remove spyware, follow manual removal guidelines that can be found down below:

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To remove Security Guard ads, follow these steps:

Delete Security Guard from Windows systems

To remove Security Guard from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Security Guard (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Remove Security Guard from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Security Guard from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Security Guard-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Security Guard, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Security Guard and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Security Guard-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall Security Guard from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Security Guard and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Security Guard removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Security Guard ads from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Security Guard-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Erase Security Guard from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Security Guard and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Security Guard did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Security Guard removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate Security Guard from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Security Guard by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Security Guard-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Security Guard removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Security Guard from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Security Guard and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. Yeezus says:
    January 19th, 2016 at 9:11 am

    This was the worst program that i have ever downloaded. Security guard works like a virus… The amount of ads it displays is just unbelievable. Do not install SecurityGuard, guys

  2. Diana says:
    January 19th, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Can someone tell me what is the use of Security Guard?! Why it claims to be a beneficial program while ITS NOT?? Why this program is still being spread wehn it is completely obvious that it is a virus?!

  3. Moniqua says:
    January 19th, 2016 at 9:14 am

    i cannot remove it! its attached to my system and i cannot rip it off. I will try SpyHunter because the manual removal guide just does not help me.

  4. Reese19 says:
    January 19th, 2016 at 9:15 am

    INSTALLED IT WITH A MP3 CONVERTER SOFTWARE AND NOW CANNOT GET RID OF THESE ADS!!!!! FAKE SECURITY APP! SECURITY GUARD IS WORTHLESS!!!!

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