What Is avgwdsvc.exe? Is It A Virus Or Malware? How To Fix?

What is avgwdsvc.exe?

avgwdsvc.exe is an executable exe file which belongs to the Windows process AVG Watchdog Service which comes with the software developed by AVG.

The .exe extension of the avgwdsvc file specifies that it is an executable file.

Malware and viruses are also transmitted through exe files. So we must be sure before running any unknown executable file on our computers.

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We will check if the avgwdsvc file is a virus or malware? Whether it should be deleted to keep your computer safe? Read more below.

Is avgwdsvc.exe safe to run? Is it a virus or malware?

Let’s check the location of this exe file to determine whether this is a legit software or a virus. The location of this file is mentioned below.

File Location : C:Program Files (x86)AVGAVG2015

To check whether the exe file is legit you can start the Task Manager. Then click on the columns field and add Verified Signer as one of the columns.

Now look at the Verified Signer value for avgwdsvc.exe process if it says “Unable to verify” then the file may be a virus.

File Name avgwdsvc.exe
Software Developer AVG
File Type exe
File Location C:Program Files (x86)AVGAVG2015
Software AVG Internet Security


If the developer of the software is legitimate, then it is not a virus or malware. If the developer is not listed or seems suspicious, you can remove it using the uninstall program.

How To Remove or Uninstall avgwdsvc.exe

To remove avgwdsvc.exe from your computer do the following steps one by one.

  1. If the file is a part of a software program, then it will also have an uninstall program. Then you can run the Uninstaller located at directory like C:Program Files>AVG>AVG Watchdog Service orAVG Internet Security >avgwdsvc_uninstall.exe.
  2. Or the avgwdsvc.exe was installed using the Windows Installer then to uninstall it Go to System Settings and open Add Or Remove Programs Option.
  3. Then Search for avgwdsvc.exe or the software name AVG Internet Security in the search bar or try out the developer name AVG.
  4. Then click on it and select the Uninstall Program option to remove avgwdsvc.exe file from your computer. Now the software AVG Internet Security program along with the file avgwdsvc.exe will be removed from your computer.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I stop avgwdsvc process?

In order to stop the avgwdsvc.exe process from running you either have to uninstall the program associated with the file or if it’s a virus or malware, remove it using a Malware and Virus removal tool.

Is avgwdsvc a Virus or Malware?

As per the information we have the avgwdsvc might be a virus or malware because even a good file might be infected with malware or virus to disguise itself. So follow our tutorial above to check it.

Is avgwdsvc causing High Disk Usage?

You can find this by opening the Task Manager application ( Right-click on Windows Taskbar and choose Task Manager) and click on the Disk option at the top to sort and find out the disk usage of avgwdsvc.

Is avgwdsvc causing High CPU Usage?

You can find whether avgwdsvc is using Full CPU by opening the Task Manager application. Now find the avgwdsvc.exe process and check the CPU usage percentage.

Is avgwdsvc causing High Network Usage?

If the avgwdsvc has High data Usage, you can find this by opening the Task Manager windows app and find the avgwdsvc.exe process and check the Network Usage column percentage.

How to check GPU Usage of avgwdsvc?

To check whether the avgwdsvc is causing high GPU usage, open the Task Manager window and look for the avgwdsvc process in the name column and check the GPU usage column.

I hope you were able to learn more about the avgwdsvc.exe file and how to remove it.

Let us know in the comments below if you face any other avgwdsvc issues.

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