What is Avgui.exe? Is it Safe or a Virus? How to Remove or Fix it?

Avgui.exe is an executable program file developed by AVG Technologies and is part of the AVG antivirus free program. Rarely, this executable file is also prone to malware infection.

In this article, we will discuss the malware issues related to the avgui.exe file and how we can fix the malware problems on your computer or laptop.

Common Avgui.exe Error Messages

Some of the most common avgui.exe errors are listed below.

  • “avgui.exe not found.”
  • “avgui.exe is not running.”
  • “Cannot find avgui.exe.”
  • “avgui.exe Application Error.”
  • “avgui.exe failed.”
  • “Error starting program: avgui.exe.”
  • “avgui.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.”
  • “avgui.exe is not a valid Win32 application.”
  • “Faulting Application Path: avgui.exe.”

Is Avgui.exe Safe or a Virus?

What is Avgui.exe? Is it Safe or a Virus? How to Remove or Fix it

The answer to this question depends on the location of the Avgui.exe file, its publisher’s name, file size, etc. Normally, the Avgui.exe file is located in the folder C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\ . The publisher of the executable program file is AVG Technologies. The size of the file is 69.4 MB MB, on most Windows installations.

You need to compare the details of the Avgui.exe file on your computer or laptop with those given in the last paragraph. If both values are the same, the executable file can be assumed to be malware-free. Otherwise, you need to confirm if the file is infected with any malware or not. If the file is infected with any malware, you need to get rid of the malware issue immediately.

The malware infections related to the Avgui.exe file are reported on computers or laptops with the following operating systems; Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows ME and Windows 2000.

How to Confirm if Avgui.exe is Malware Infected or not?

1. Malware Detection Using an Antivirus Program Other than AVG Antivirus

One method to confirm the malware infection is by using another antivirus program (other than the AVG Free 8.5 program which is suspected to have malware-infection). This can be done as follows.

  • Download and install a reliable antivirus program other than the AVG Antivirus Free program.
  • Click on the newly installed antivirus program name from the list of the programs. Alternatively, click on the shortcut for the antivirus program.
  • Click on the “Scan for Virus” or other similar menu options. This may vary across different antivirus applications.
  • Wait for the scanning process to complete.
  • Check if Avgui.exe is listed in the list of malware-infected files or not.

2. Malware Detection by Clean Booting

Clean Booting the computer is another method to confirm the presence of malware. It is explained below.

  1. Press the Windows and the R keys together.
  2. Type “msconfig” (without the quotation marks) into the box.
  3. Click on the “OK” button.
  4. Click on the “Services” tab.
  5. Check the box “Hide all Microsoft services”.
  6. Then, click on the “Disable all” button.
  7. If you are using Windows 7 or Windows Vista or any other previous versions of the Windows operating system, proceed to step 9.
  8. Click on the “Startup” tab. Next, click on the “Open Task Manager”. Any “Enabled” process needs to be changed to “Disabled”. This can be done by clicking on the name and then clicking on the “Disable” button at the bottom. Repeat this for all the “Enabled” processes. Before you disable any process, please take note of the name. Close the window and click on the “Apply” button and then on the “OK” button.
  9. Windows Vista or Windows 7 users need to first click on the “General” tab. Then, they need to click on the “Selective startup”. Uncheck the box, “Load startup items”. Close the window and make sure to click on the “Apply” button and then on “OK” button.
  10. Restart your computer or laptop.
  11. Check if the malware problem still exists or not. Malware will not be bothering you now. But, it still resides inside any of unused executable files. You need to remove the malware by any of the methods, as explained in the next paragraphs.

How to Remove or Fix Avgui.exe File?

It is not a good idea to delete any executable file, as there may be other files that are dependent on the executable program file. It is always advisable to uninstall the program to which the executable file is associated with, thus removing the associated files too.

Some of the methods to remove or fix the Avgui.exe file malware issues are listed below.

1. Uninstall AVG Free Antivirus Program (Reinstall if Necessary)

To uninstall the AVG Free 8.5 antivirus program that contains the Avgui.exe file, do the following.

  • Type “Add or remove programs” (without the quotation marks) into the search box inside the taskbar.
  • Click on the “Add or remove programs” (system settings).
  • Look for “AVG Free 8.5”, on the right side.
  • Click on the ‘AVG Free 8.5’ program name.
  • Click on the “Uninstall” button, below this program name.
  • Again, click on the “Uninstall” button to confirm.
  • Follow the prompts and complete the uninstallation of the program.
  • Check if the malware problems are fixed or not.
  • If you need the AVG Free Antivirus program, go to the software program manufacturer’s web site. Download and install the latest version of the program on your computer or laptop.

2. Antivirus Program

You can use a different antivirus software application (not AVG Free 8.5 antivirus program) to clear the malware problems. This is done as follows.

  • Follow the instructions given under the sub-heading “How to Confirm if Avgui.exe is Malware Infected or not?”, in this article.
  • Follow the prompts and clear the malware-infected files.
  • Check if the malware problem is fixed or it still exists.

3. Repair Windows using DISM

Deployment Image Servicing and Management Tool (DISM) is a Windows tool that can be used for repairing the windows operating system files, without much work. It is a command-line tool and a single line of code can help fix the malware issue. Note: Any existing data on your computer or laptop is not lost.

  • Type “cmd” in the search bar inside the taskbar.
  • Click on the “Run as administrator”, on the right side of “Command Prompt”.
  • Click “Yes” to confirm.
  • Copy and paste the following line (without the quotes) into the command prompt, “dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth”. Press the enter key.
  • Wait for the command to be executed fully. A progress bar indicates the status of the process. “Operation completed successfully” is displayed to you, once the process is completed.
  • Check if the malware issue is fixed or not.

4. Fixing the Malware Issue after Clean Booting

Clean booting the computer helps to boot the computer without the malware errors and fix the malware issue. This is done as explained below.

  1. Follow the instructions given in step 1 to step 11, under the sub-heading “Malware Detection by Clean Booting”.
  2. If there are no malware issues, it can be confirmed that any of the processes or startup programs were causing the malware problem.
  3. Now, you have to enable all the Non-Windows services and programs that were disabled. This needs to be done one by one and reboot the computer after each service or program is “Enabled”. Check if there is an error. If you encounter any malware issues after any service or program is enabled, update the files for that service or program.
  4. If there are no errors, enable the next service or program and repeat this process for all the services and programs that were disabled.

Conclusion: Avgui.exe is an executable file that is part of the AVG Free Antivirus application program, developed by AVG Technologies. Sometimes this file also gets malware-infected on Windows computers or laptops. You need to confirm the malware-infection and fix the issue at the earliest to avoid further damage to your computer or laptop.

The malware issue on your computer or laptop can be fixed by different methods. Malware Detection Using an Antivirus Program (other than AVG Free 8.5 which is already suspected to be infected) is the first step towards confirming the presence of malware. Alternatively, you can clean boot the computer or laptop to confirm the malware presence. If malware infection is confirmed, you can use an antivirus program other than AVG Free 8.5 to remove the malware infections. DISM Windows command-line tool also helps in fixing the malware issue, without any data loss and quite easily. If all other methods failed to remove the malware, you may “Enable” each service and program that was “Disabled” while clean booting and take the remedial actions like updating the files, related to the service or program.

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