Is Gearsec.exe a Safe Process?

What is gearsec.exe?

Gearsec.exe stands for the Gear Security Service, which is related to the Gear CD/DVD burning software by Gear Software. Gearsec.exe has several controls that deal with security and is installed on your system along with the installation of Gear products.

Besides Gear products, several other products, such as Norton Ghost and Apple iTunes also use this process.

Should I terminate gearsec.exe?

Although gearsec.exe is not a core Windows process, we recommend that you do not terminate it, unless you suspect that this process is adversely affecting your system?s performance. However, you must know that removing gearsec.exe or other gear drivers will affect the software or applications that use this process and may prevent them from properly executing their functions.

File Information

The process is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or in a subfolder of C:\Windows.

The most common size of gearsec.exe is 53,248 bytes. However, it may also be found in file sizes 49,152, 61,440, or 58,952 bytes.

Problems associated with gearsec.exe

One common problem associated with gearsec.exe is that this process can clog your system resources. If you suspect gearsec.exe is the cause behind your system?s sluggish performance, we recommend you configure gearsec.exe to run manually.
You can configure this by performing the following steps:

  1. Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Here, double-click on Administrative Tools and then on the Services icon.
  3. In the right-pane of the Services window, locate and right-click on Gear Services.
  4. Next, on the General Tab, press the Stop button and then set the Startup Type as Manual.
  5. Exit the Services window and, if prompted, restart your PC.

Is gearsec.exe a virus or spyware?

The original gearsec.exe is a safe file. However, many malicious programs, such as viruses and spyware deliberately infiltrate your system with files that have names similar to existing and legitimate Windows processes. For instance, an unsolicited process may be running on your PC having a similar name as gearsec.exe. It is prudent to check the processes that are running on your system. To achieve this, press Ctrl + Alt + Del to open the Task Manager window. Here, click on the Processes tab and go through the list of processes running on your PC. If you suspect that a dubious process is running on your system, it is recommended that you don?t directly delete its file. Instead, use reliable antimalware tools, such as STOPzilla Antivirus and Spyware Cease to scan your PC, detect the infected files and get rid of them.

How to prevent exe errors such as gearsec.exe

The most common cause of exe errors is malware infections. It is important that you install a robust protective suite on your PC to keep your system safe from malware infection.

Exe errors, such as gearsec.exe, may also occur if their entries within registry are corrupt, invalid, or obsolete. To prevent these errors, it is recommended that you perform regular registry scans using a reliable tool such as RegServe to flush out the unwanted and harmful entries from the registry.