Is guard.exe safe or is this malware?

Purpose of guard.exe:

guard.exe file purpose and description:

Guard.exe is a file which most likely was installed by you. The correct file location is also listed below, and should always be verified as spyware writers will often use the same named file or like named files and just locate them elsewhere in attempts to fool you. This file is most well known as a file from Phoenix Technologies and is known as a certification program. Be aware that guard.exe is a common name, whenever you have a common name like this there is most likely many different programs using this name. You may find this common name on programs that are antivirus programs or spyware related programs also. This file is considered safe and is not known to be spyware or virus related. If you have other versions you are concerned about, feel free to post a question about it and include its location where you found it. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)

File type:
This is an executable file.

Where is the file or folder located on my computer?
C:\WINDOWS\Guard.exe is the current location of this file.

General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, guard.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of guard.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!