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Should I remove Search Assistant?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
86% remove it14% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
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How common is it?
Global Rank #23,073
United States Rank #45,897
Reach 0.0094%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 46.68 days
684.90 days >
Average installed length: 359.86 days

Search Assistant 1.74

What is Search Assistant?

This is a web browser plugin that is potentially unwanted and ad-supported. In addition to displaying advertisements, as part of the installation process the publisher may offer changes to the web browser settings. Such changes may include the following:
- Modifying/changing the default home page URL
- Changing the search provider (built-in search box) and search pages
- Changing the new tab page
- Updating some browser settings which might lower overall security

Within Internet Explorer the toolbar runs as a Browser Helper Object (BHO), in Google Chrome it is an extension and in Firefox it is an addon.

Overview

The primary executable is named sprotector.dll. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 3 files and is usually about 1.53 MB (1,600,071 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Search Assistant.
sprotector.dll (0603547a50f0f44af39c712e3206dfba) has been flagged by the following 12 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
avast! 2014.9-130526 Win32:SProtector-A [PUP]
AVG 2014.0.3449 Generic5
Bitdefender 1.0.20.730 Adware.Generic.377349
Comodo Security 16296 ApplicUnwnt
Dr.Web 9.0.0.0146 Adware.BGuard.11
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8.13.05.26.01 Adware.Generic.377349
ESET-NOD32 7.8359 a variant of Win32/SProtector.A
Fortinet FortiGate 5/26/2013 Adware/Fam.NB
F-Secure 11.2013-26-05_1 Adware.Generic.377349
G Data 13.5.22 Adware.Generic.377349
MicroWorld-eScan 14.0.0.438 Adware.Generic.377349
VIPRE Antivirus 17980 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
psupport.dll (898bdcc577a2b49e8eacaf18ddbb3e7b) has been flagged by the following 22 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 12.0.163.0 Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Bprotector.1
AhnLab-V3 2014.01.24.00 PUP/Win32.ADownloader
Avira AntiVir 7.11.126.212 Adware/BHO.Bprotector.12
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Adware-BID [Adw]
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.BHO.40
Bitdefender 7.2.5028.0 Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Bprotector.1
Comodo Security 17665 UnclassifiedMalware
Dr.Web Adware.BGuard.42
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 3.0.0.596 Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Bprotector.1 (B)
ESET-NOD32 9331 a variant of Win32/SProtector.A
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Bprotector.1
G Data 24 Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Bprotector.1
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Optional.SProtect.A
McAfee 5.600.0.1067 Generic PUP.a
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Generic PUP.a
MicroWorld-eScan 12.0.250.0 Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Bprotector.1
NANO AntiVirus 0.28.0.57380 Trojan.Win32.BGuard.cqshad
Sophos 4.97.0 BProtector
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 Adware.BL
Vba32 AntiVirus 3.12.24.3 AdWare.BHO
VIPRE Antivirus 25750 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
uninstall.exe (b42ff5f0d5e1b6331b9243ca6c78656e) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
avast! 8.0.1489.320 NSIS:SProtector-B [PUP]
Dr.Web Adware.BGuard.11
ESET-NOD32 9190 Win32/SProtector.B
VIPRE Antivirus 24882 Sprotector (fs)
       View all 38 all detections
Search Assistant has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\websearch
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\WebSearch\uninstall.exe" /FULLPATH="C:\Program Files\WebSearch"
Estimated size: 1.53 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Search Assistant 1.74

Program module:sprotector.dll (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\websearch\sprotector.dll
MD5:0603547a50f0f44af39c712e3206dfba
SProtector has been detected as 'malware' by multiple antivirus products. TrendMicro classifies it as TROJ_GEN.RCBH1L8. ESET calls it a variant of Win32/SProtector.A. QuickHeal identifies SProtector.dll as Worm.SProtector.A3. Avast...
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) uninstall.exe
  • (Malware detected) psupport.dll

How do I remove Search Assistant?

Quickly and completely remove Search Assistant 1.74 from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
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Or, you can uninstall Search Assistant from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Search Assistant 1.74, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Search Assistant.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 67%
Win 8 2%
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 86%
Keep it 14%
 
GLOBAL RANK
#23,073

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 84.07%
Windows XP 12.39%
Windows Vista 1.77%
Windows 8 1.77%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 32.14%
Windows 7 Home Premium 30.36%
Microsoft Windows XP 11.61%
Windows 7 Professional 11.61%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.57%
Windows 7 Enterprise 2.68%

Distribution by countryGeography

13.93% of installs come from Saudi Arabia
Which countries install it?
  Saudi Arabia 13.93%
  United States 13.11%
  DZ 10.66%
  TN 7.38%
  MA 6.56%
  United Arab Emirates 4.10%
  Australia 4.10%
  Indonesia 4.10%
  India 3.28%
  Iran 2.46%
  SY 2.46%
  Belgium 1.64%
  Brazil 1.64%
  JO 1.64%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 24.14%
Dell 22.99%
Hewlett-Packard 21.84%
Toshiba 13.79%
GIGABYTE 9.20%
ASUS 3.45%
Intel 2.30%
Samsung 2.30%
Common models
Dell Inspiron N5110 4.04%
Dell Inspiron N5010 3.03%
HP 500B Microtower 2.02%
TOSHIBA Satellite A665 2.02%
Acer Aspire 5750G 2.02%
TOSHIBA SATELLITE C660 2.02%

About Search Assistant SProtector

Alias distribution of the SProtector class of malware.

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