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Should I remove Search Protection?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
82% remove it18% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,287
United States Rank #887
Reach 0.7035%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 5.89 days
173.83 days >
Average installed length: 91.34 days


VersionDistribution 1.27% 3.95% 53.51% 40.98% 0.29%

Search Protection

What is Search Protection?  (from Spigot)

The Spigot Search Settings is an application which is part of the Spigot Toolbar. Spigot searchsettings.exe'spurpose is to check periodically your default search engine and restore it to Yahoo in case you agreed to set it to Yahoo in the first place and another application is trying to change it. It's easy to uninstall...  Read more


Search Protection is a software program developed by Spigot. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry enrty for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. The primary executable is named searchprotection.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 2 files and is usually about 970.87 KB (994,174 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 8. While about 69% of users of Search Protection come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Spain.
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Search Protection.
searchprotection.exe (a9c71d2c838ddce573888d82b3e17a8b) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
ESET-NOD32 7.8840 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Widgi
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.49267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
McAfee 5600.7209 Artemis!A9C71D2C838D
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7209 Artemis!A9C71D2C838D
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.268 TROJ_GEN.F47V0910
Search Protection 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

URL: www.spigot.com
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\Search Protection\
Uninstaller: "C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\Search Protection\uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 970.87 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Search Protection

Program executable:searchprotection.exe (Malware detected)
Name:Search Protection
Path:C:\users\user\appdata\roaming\search protection\searchprotection.exe
Additional files:
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • SearchProtection.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'SearchProtection' and executes as "C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\Search Protection\SearchProtection.EXE" /autostart.

How do I remove Search Protection?

Quickly and completely remove Search Protection 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 Protection 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 Protection, 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 Protection.
  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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Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 82%
Keep it 18%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.37%
Windows 8 24.82%
Windows XP 5.63%
Windows Vista 4.19%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 37.56%
Windows 7 Ultimate 16.95%
Windows 8 9.05%
Windows 7 Professional 8.80%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.59%
Windows 8 Pro 5.27%

Distribution by countryGeography

68.79% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 68.79%
  United Kingdom 6.15%
  Spain 5.35%
  Brazil 0.97%
  Italy 0.97%
  MA 0.97%
  Singapore 0.97%
  Canada 0.90%
  India 0.87%
  MK 0.74%
  Australia 0.60%
  DZ 0.60%
  Saudi Arabia 0.60%
  Sweden 0.60%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.56%
Acer 15.82%
Dell 14.77%
ASUS 9.93%
Toshiba 6.98%
Lenovo 6.22%
Samsung 4.13%
Sony 3.94%
Intel 1.47%
Alienware 1.43%
American Megatrends 1.33%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.18%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.17%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.32%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.17%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 1.08%
HP G62 Notebook PC 1.01%

About (from Spigot, Inc.)

Keep your customers coming back and delight them with contextually relevant content and applications.
Publisher URL: www.spigot.com

comments4 comments

user comment
user comment
Sj3 months ago
my avg tuneup says its eating up loads of processing power percent and ram and is advising to disable it... this program uninstalling it...... i used iobit uninstaller since it searches for any leftovers in registry and installation folders and all it found nothing.
user comment
Dom3 months ago
I have it and it still changes my search engine and seems kinda dodgy or what it is worth.
expert comment
AdwareBuster (Expert)6 months ago
This software is bundled with popular legitimate software and usually provided as an 'extra offer' if the end-user accepts to install the packaged toolbar. To date I have seen Search Protection bundled with numerous toolbars distributed by Spigot from products such as BitTorrent, µTorrent (download-new.utorrent.com) and YTD Video Downloader (through the Download.com CBS Interactive installer).
user comment
Maxwell Silverhammer7 months ago
Get rid of Search Protection. It is able to control your computer choices against your knowledge.