How to Use SpyHunter's Process Guard

SpyHunter's Process Guard feature is designed to give you complete control over which processes are authorized to run on your system, and allowing you to identify and stop malicious processes before they are even executed.To activate the Process Guard, click on the "Process Guard" tab on the left side of the SpyHunter window and then check the "Activate Process Guard" checkbox. If you ever desire to turn Process Guard off, just uncheck this checkbox.

The Process Guard tab displays the following:

  1. Allowed items: (located on the left side of the window) Items that you have granted permission to run on your system.
  2. Blocked items: (on the right side of the window) Items that you have specifically blocked from running.

You can edit these lists at any time through the Process Guard interface.

To bring up additional properties of a process that is in either list, simply click on the filename to select it. Windows information related to the associated file will be displayed. Please note that, as this data is set by the publisher of the item and not by SpyHunter, this information may have been falsified. We recommend that you use the "More Info" feature to confirm any information. To use "More Info" to retrieve accurate, up-to-date information on a process, simply click on the process to select it and then click the "More Info" button on the bottom of the Process Guard window.

Please note that you must be connected to the Internet for this feature to work, as it requires a connection to our servers.

Please also note that More Info functionality is only offered to full, paying SpyHunter users.

SpyHunter's Process Guard is extremely intuitive when it creates and edits
the lists of blocked and allowed processes. When Process Guard is active, any process that attempts to launch will trigger an alert with a filename that is going to be executed.

If you do not recognize the filename (or did not deliberately launch the process), we recommend that you first click on the "More Info" button to get up-to-the-minute information on the process from the SpyHunter servers. If the filename comes back UNKNOWN, we highly recommend that either look at the Manufacture name or paste the filename on for reference. If the result is no match found or it indicates that the filename belongs to a Malware, we advise you to block the process.

If one of your applications do not work properly or stop working, it may be that you accidentally blocked the application. In this case, you can just go to the blocked list and remove the application from there.

To allow the process to execute, simply click the "Yes" button. To block the process, click "No". Make sure that the "Remember my answer" checkbox is checked if you want SpyHunter to remember your choice and add it to Process Guard's "Allowed/Blocked" lists.

If you block a process, you may receive a Windows error message that states: "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." This error message is no cause for alarm! It simply means that SpyHunter has successfully blocked Windows from executing the process.

Make sure that the "Remember my answer" checkbox is checked if you want SpyHunter to remember your choice and add it to Process Guard's "Allowed/Blocked" lists.

How to Edit Blocked and Allowed Lists

As the editing features of blocked and allowed lists are identical in both the Process Guard and the Registry Guard, both will be explained here.

Add Items

SpyHunter gives you the ability to manually add an item to the "Allowed" or "Blocked' items list. To do so, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Click the "Add" button above the "Allowed" or the "Blocked" items list. An "Open" dialog will appear.
  2. Navigate through the dialog to select the executable file that you would like to add to the "Allowed" or "Blocked" items list.
  3. Click the "Open" button to add the file.

Remove Items

If you have accidentally added an item to either the "Allowed" or the "Blocked" items list, it is extremely easy to remove it. Just click on the item in either list to highlight it, and click the appropriate "Remove" button above the list that the highlighted item is in. It is as simple as that!

How to Move Items Between Lists

SpyHunter also allows you to quickly move an item from the "Allowed" list to the "Blocked" list, or vice versa. To do so, just click the item that you want to move, in order to highlight it.

  1. To move an item from "Allowed" items to "Blocked" items, click the right arrow button between the two lists.
  2. To move an item from "Blocked" items to "Allowed" items, click the left arrow button.