What is ibguard.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the ibguard.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Ibguard.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ibguard
Ibguard.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as InterBase Server belongs to software InterBase or InterBase Server by Borland Software ( or Embarcadero Technologies or Inprise (

Description: Ibguard.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Ibguard.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder—mainly C:\Program Files (x86)\Borland\InterBase\bin\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 32,768 bytes (82% of all occurrences), 22,016 bytes, 638,976 bytes or 36,864 bytes. 
The program is not visible. Ibguard.exe is not a Windows system file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous; but you should also compare this rating with the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with Firebird or InterBase occur, you can ask for help from Support, make sure that you have installed the latest version or uninstall the software using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ibguard.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ibguard.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

InterBase Guardian. When using Borland's Interbase server, this will make sure the service is running, and will restart it if it crashes...
  Don   (further information)
Comes with Borland JBuilder 6
Part of Borland InterBase software
TNT Buchungssystem
inter base file
we use IB as database for scehduling programs in production lines, textile
Teil von Embacadero Delphi

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ibguard.exe: based on 9 votes with 7 user comments. 6 users think ibguard.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving ibguard issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ibguard. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the ibguard.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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