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   This is a valid program that is required to run at startup.

This program is required to run on startup in order to benefit from its functionality or so that the program will work. The following information is a brief description of what is known about this file. If you require further assistance for this file, feel free to ask about in the forums.
Name: <not used>
Filename: guard32.dll
Command: C:\windows\system32\guard32.dll

Description:

File Location: %System%
Startup Type: This program starts from the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\AppInit_DLLs.

It may be necessary to use a special file deletion utility, such as BlitzBlank, to delete these files.

HijackThis Category: O20 Entry
Note: %System% is a variable that refers to the Windows System folder. By default this is C:\Windows\System for Windows 95/98/ME, C:\Winnt\System32 for Windows NT/2000, or C:\Windows\System32 for Windows XP/Vista/7.

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