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Should I remove Search module?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
82% remove it18% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,772
United States Rank #2,978
Reach 0.1094%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 1.66 days
48.91 days >
Average installed length: 25.70 days

Search module

What is Search module?

Search module is a potentially unwanted web browser extension that is ad-supported and will display various popup and banner ads as well as modify the user's web browser search and home page settings. This plugin will update Internet Explorer (as a BHO), Chrome (as an extension) and Firefox (as an add-in). In some cases, the program will monitor a user's behavior (which the user agreed to if they did not read the full EULA) and will inject rival advertisements over existing one or just inject new ones all together. This toolbar is typically bundled by third party download managers/installers or through questionable online ads.

Overview

Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The primary executable is named un_smw.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 17 files and is usually about 3.74 MB (3,918,431 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Search module.
smu.exe (b5274e0fe40288db0bbdc8af94ffc4a9) has been flagged by the following 9 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AVG 2015.0.3438 Skodna
Baidu-International 4.0.3.14620 Adware.MSIL.SBWatchman.bA
Dr.Web 9.0.0.0171 Adware.Searcher.2656
ESET-NOD32 8.9877 a variant of MSIL/SBWatchman.A
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan.1.6.1.0 AdWare.CrossRider
McAfee 5600.7094 Artemis!B5274E0FE402
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7094 Artemis!B5274E0FE402
Tencent 1.0.0.1 Win32.Trojan.Falsesign.Pdbz
VIPRE Antivirus 29840 Goobzo (fs)
Search module 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

Displayed publisher: Search Module
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\common files\goobzo\gbupdate
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Goobzo\GBUpdate\un_smw.exe
Estimated size: 3.74 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Search module

Program executable:un_smw.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\common files\goobzo\gbupdate\un_smw.exe
MD5:7d9d51a8258e179f503b5f9b46f06c37
Additional files:
  • sma.exe (by Speedbit) - SBWatchman (SBWatchman agent)
  • smu.exe (by Search Module) - Search Module Update Service
  • SBIEBrowserHelperObject.dll
  • smci32.dll
  • smci64.dll
  • smei32.dll
  • smei64.dll
  • smfi32.dll
  • smfi64.dll
  • smi32.exe
  • smi64.exe
  • smoi32.dll
  • smoi64.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Service
  • smu.exe runs as a service named 'Search Module Update' (SMUpd).

How do I remove Search module?

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Or, you can uninstall Search module 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 module, 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 module.
  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) 47%
Win Vista 0%
 
HOW IT RUNS
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 82%
Keep it 18%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 49.84%
Windows 8 35.28%
Windows XP 7.44%
Windows Vista 7.44%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 32.57%
Windows 8.1 19.22%
Windows 8 11.89%
Windows 7 Professional 9.12%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.33%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.51%

Distribution by countryGeography

88.70% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 88.70%
  Canada 4.61%
  MA 0.69%
  Australia 0.58%
  Brazil 0.46%
  France 0.46%
  Saudi Arabia 0.46%
  United Kingdom 0.35%
  Iran 0.35%
  Indonesia 0.23%
  India 0.23%
  SY 0.23%
  Argentina 0.12%
  Colombia 0.12%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 35.71%
Dell 27.27%
Acer 12.77%
ASUS 7.14%
Toshiba 6.49%
Lenovo 3.90%
Samsung 2.38%
GIGABYTE 1.52%
Intel 1.08%
Sahara 1.08%
American Megatrends 0.65%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 6.72%
Dell Inspiron 3521 3.95%
TOSHIBA Satellite C55-A 3.56%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.16%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.16%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.37%

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Angel6 months ago
I did uninstalled it using your guidance. Thank You.