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Should I remove Surf Canyon?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
74% remove it26% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #34,535
United States Rank #43,127
Reach 0.0038%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 29.84 days
578.49 days >
Average installed length: 303.95 days


5.1 100.00%

Surf Canyon 5.1

What is Surf Canyon?  (from Surf Canyon)

Find stuff faster on Google, Yahoo! and Bing by digging out search results from as deep as page 100. Surf Canyon automates the discovery of relevant results buried in the search pages on Google, Yahoo! and Bing. It also adds image previews to Craigslist. Simply enter your query at one of these search engines as you alw...  Read more


Surf Canyon 5.1 is a program developed by Surf Canyon. During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up (this is typically done to avoid any UAC prompts). 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 main program executable is TBUpdater.dll. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 14 files and is usually about 6.24 MB (6,541,274 bytes). TBUpdater.dll is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 8. While about 37% of users of Surf Canyon come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Italy.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.surfcanyon.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Surf_Canyon\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Surf_Canyon\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 6.24 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Surf Canyon 5.1

Program module:TBUpdater.dll
TBUpdater Module
Path:C:\Program Files\Surf_Canyon\TBUpdater.dll
Additional files:
  • TaskSchedulerCreator.exe (by Simplygen) - TaskSchedulerCreator
  • ToolbarUninstall.exe - ToolbarUninstall
  • ProtectedSearch.exe (by Simplygen) - ProtectedSearch
  • STInst64.exe
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall
  • cinshlpr.dll (by Simply Tech) - Widdit (cinshlpr Module)
  • InstallHelper.dll - ToolbarInnoSetupHelper
  • Interop.IWshRuntimeLibrary.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'IWshRuntimeLibrary'.
  • Microsoft.Win32.TaskScheduler.dll (by CodePlex Community) - TaskService (Task Scheduler Wrapper)
  • STInst32.dll
  • STInst32.exe
  • STInst64.dll
  • System.Data.SQLite.dll - System.Data.SQLite (System.Data.SQLite Interop Library)
  • TBUpdater.dll (by Simply Tech) - TBUpdater Module

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • ProtectedSearch.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Protected Search.
  • TBUpdater.dll is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Browser Updater.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • TBUpdater.dll is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Surf_Canyon\TBUpdater.dll'.
  • ProtectedSearch.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Surf_Canyon\ProtectedSearch.exe'.

How do I remove Surf Canyon?

Quickly and completely remove Surf Canyon 5.1 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 Surf Canyon 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 Surf Canyon 5.1, 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 Surf Canyon.
  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.

Win 7 (SP1) 42%
Win Vista (SP1) 2%
Scheduled task? Yes
(Runs on Windows boot)
Uninstall it 74%
Keep it 26%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 49.06%
Windows 8 39.62%
Windows Vista 7.55%
Windows XP 3.77%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 30.77%
Windows 8.1 19.23%
Windows 7 Professional 7.69%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.69%
Windows 8 7.69%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.69%

Distribution by countryGeography

37.10% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 37.10%
  Germany 20.97%
  Italy 9.68%
  United Kingdom 8.06%
  Brazil 4.84%
  Canada 4.84%
  Belgium 1.61%
  DK 1.61%
  Dominican Republic 1.61%
  France 1.61%
  Indonesia 1.61%
  Luxembourg 1.61%
  Netherlands 1.61%
  Norway 1.61%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.66%
Acer 23.40%
ASUS 12.77%
Toshiba 8.51%
Dell 6.38%
Samsung 6.38%
Medion 4.26%
Sony 4.26%
Lenovo 2.13%
American Megatrends 2.13%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.44%
Samsung R59P/R60P/R61P 4.44%
TOSHIBA Satellite Pro C66... 2.22%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 2.22%
TOSHIBA Satellite C650 2.22%
TOSHIBA Satellite A200 2.22%


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