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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 #792
United States Rank #594
Reach 1.0075%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 26.40 days
778.80 days >
Average installed length: 409.20 days


VersionDistribution 0.16% 0.03% 1.52% 0.27% 0.13% 0.04% 1.54% 0.16% 1.29% 2.97% 5.13% 3.23% 6.97% 0.21% 0.24% 0.78% 1.93% 1.03% 0.28% 1.06% 1.64% 2.57% 0.49% 2.50% 4.17% 0.67% 2.12% 0.18% 1.47% 10.57% 3.96% 1.64% 6.72% 0.08% 2.43% 2.02% 0.70% 5.87% 12.87% 8.32% 0.06%

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. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. 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 4 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 62% of users of Search Protection come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Spain.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
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
SP.exe (ba4f45151a5cb929fb7d492392c090a7) has been flagged by the following 18 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Application.SearchProtect.BD
Antiy-AVL Trojan[:HEUR]/Win32.AGeneric
Arcabit Application.SearchProtect.BD
AVware Adware.SearchProtect
Baidu-International PUA.Win32.Spigot.77
Bitdefender 7.2 Application.SearchProtect.BD
Bkav FE W32.HfsAdware.4DF2
Cyren W32/SearchProtect.SZAK-4786
Dr.Web Adware.Spigot.34
ESET-NOD32 11984 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Widgi.J potentially unwanted
F-Prot W32/SearchProtect.G
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Application.SearchProtect.BD
G Data 25 Application.SearchProtect.BD
K7 AntiVirus 9.207.16656 Trojan ( 0049ee0a1 )
K7GW 9.207.16655 Trojan ( 0049ee0a1 )
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.Spigot.SID
MicroWorld-eScan Application.SearchProtect.BD
VIPRE Antivirus 42256 Adware.SearchProtect
       View all 23 all detections
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 - Search Protection Setup
  • (Malware detected) SP.exe (by S p i g o t, I n c) - Search Protection

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • SP.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Search Protection' and executes as "C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\Search Protection\SP.EXE" /autostart.
  • 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.
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • SearchProtection.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SearchProtection' which loads as "C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\Search Protection\SearchProtection.EXE" /autostart.
  • SP.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Search Protection' which loads as "C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\Search Protection\SP.EXE" /autostart.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • SearchProtection.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Search Protection\SearchProtection.EXE'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.54 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000620189%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00002663%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00003539%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:4,464,881
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:10.37 KB
435.61 KB average

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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Win 7 (SP1) 54%
Win 8.1 0%
Automatically starts? 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 58.49%
Windows 8 33.13%
Windows Vista 4.52%
Windows XP 3.85%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Windows 8.1 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 35.50%
Windows 8.1 17.36%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.49%
Windows 7 Professional 8.31%
Windows 8 5.38%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.88%

Distribution by countryGeography

62.31% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 62.31%
  United Kingdom 9.71%
  Spain 3.20%
  India 2.09%
  Germany 1.93%
  Canada 1.91%
  Australia 1.63%
  Italy 1.48%
  Singapore 0.99%
  France 0.95%
  Sweden 0.95%
  Brazil 0.79%
  Netherlands 0.77%
  DK 0.44%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.00%
Dell 18.50%
Acer 16.10%
ASUS 10.15%
Toshiba 8.71%
Lenovo 5.66%
Samsung 4.21%
Intel 1.08%
MSI 0.69%
Alienware 0.67%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 8.02%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 7.09%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.27%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.75%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 3.56%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.76%

About (from Spigot, Inc.)

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Publisher URL: www.spigot.com

comments4 comments

user comment
user comment
Sjover a year 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
Domover a year ago
I have it and it still changes my search engine and seems kinda dodgy or what it is worth.
expert comment
AdwareBuster (Expert)over a year 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 Silverhammerover a year ago
Get rid of Search Protection. It is able to control your computer choices against your knowledge.