Remove DriveMonitor.exe, FlashGuard.exe or DriveGuard.exe Virus

by Rohit Khurana on November 29, 2008



Recently I connected my pen drive into my friend computer to get some data, when I came back home and connected my pen drive and opened that pen drive using Free Commander to make sure that any virus does not act on my computer if the drive is infected with virus.


I noticed some additional files in the pen drive called FlashGuard.exe in my pen drive, then I search for this file name on google and got to know that it is a malicious programs which will get installed on any computer if you had opened the pen drive containing FlashGuard.exe worm.


Now, I came to know about the real problem that my brother has already opened this pen drive through windows explorer by double clicking the pen drive icon in my computer which due to which this FlashGuard.exe virus has infected my windows already :( But then I thought its cool, I had another good trouble to fix, and I removed FlashGuard.exe worm form my windows computer with out using any anti virus tool.


Let’s see how you can do the same if your system got infected with FlashGuard.exe Worm


FlashGuard.exe or DriveMonitor.exe or DriveGuard.exe worm runs a process named with any of the exe names which we have specified above

FlashGuard.exe also add itself to system startup, you can see through msconfig command. 

It also creates startup key in registry to run itself every time on system boot


Remove FlashGuard.exe Worm


1. In to remove FlashGuard.exe from your computer you need to first end its process running in task manager, right click the process and select end process



2. Search for the files tmp.exe, delete DriveGuard.tmp.exe or gHmpg.tmp.exe and locate and delete these files

3. Go to Start Menu >> Run, type msconfig and press Enter key


4. Now, open registry to delete the startup key created by the FlashGuard.exe Worm,

Open Start Menu >> Run, type regedit and press Enter key

Navigate to the Following path



Select FlashGuard, right-click >> delete.

Congratulations FlashGuard.exe is now removed form your computer but not from your pen drive.

Now, you need to open your virus infected pen drive with Free Commander and delete the following files

<pen drive letter>\System\Security\DriveGuard.exe *
<pen drive letter>\autorun.inf

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Deyaa Addeen Fahmy Shedeed November 30, 2008 at 11:10 am

Great, thanks.

c &E drive not opening December 1, 2008 at 2:41 am

my E&C drive not opening , if cliking C or E thay show “c:\resycled\ is not a valid win32 application”. pls help me

Chukwudi Uzodinma January 8, 2009 at 2:06 am

Please there is spec fne virus in my system. As a result of that, any memory card i connect to my system the fold detect virus and when i put the memory card into the person phone it will have and .exe extention. The Anti virus in my system is Avast. i even try to uninstall my anti virus because it refuses to update to no avail. I hate what i call the ultimate solution which is to format my system. Since i visited this site, one thing have i learnt. The problem you are passing through is not God. I love challenges. Please help me.

Lastly i am a new comer in programming you can also teach me.

Happy new year

Chukwudi Uzodinma January 8, 2009 at 2:07 am

Removal tool for sality virus

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