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Should I remove DesktopSearch?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
66% remove it34% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #19,933
United States Rank #18,729
Reach 0.0110%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 2.77 days
81.57 days >
Average installed length: 42.86 days


3.0.91 0.46%
3.0.89 0.92%
3.0.83 0.46%
3.0.82 9.68%
3.0.81 3.23%
3.0.80 4.61%
3.0.79 5.07%
3.0.78 4.15%
3.0.77 1.84%
3.0.76 3.23%
3.0.74 3.23%
3.0.73 0.92%
3.0.72 0.92%
3.0.71 0.92%
3.0.70 1.84%
3.0.69 2.76%
3.0.68 2.76%
3.0.67 1.84%
3.0.66 0.92%
3.0.64 4.15%
3.0.63 2.76%
3.0.62 5.99%
3.0.61 5.53%
3.0.60 6.45%
3.0.59 4.61%
3.0.58 3.69%
3.0.57 3.69%
3.0.56 13.36%



DesktopSearch is a program developed by Unique Solutions. The most used version is 3.0.56, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. 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 main program executable is DesktopSearch.exe. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 6 files and is usually about 902.49 KB (924,154 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 44% of users of DesktopSearch come from the United States, it is also popular in Brazil and France.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Difficult to remove as it will reinstall itself
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in DesktopSearch.
DesktopSearch.exe (689204a854e49f4433e4330508a42f73) has been flagged by the following 7 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
avast! 2014.9-150816 Win32:Evo-gen [Susp]
Bkav FE W32.HfsAdware
Dr.Web Adware.Yontoo.93
Malwarebytes v2015.08.16.06 PUP.Optional.PullUpdate.A
McAfee 5600.6671 Artemis!689204A854E4
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.6671 Artemis
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.228 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0519
DesktopSearch 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

Help link: www.desktopsearchapp.com/about.html
Installation folder: C:\ProgramData\desktopsearch
Uninstaller: "C:\ProgramData\DesktopSearch\uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 902.49 KB

Program filesFiles installed by DesktopSearch

Program executable:DesktopSearch.exe (Malware detected)
Name:Desktop Search
Additional files:
  • DesktopSearch64.exe - Desktop Search (DesktopSearch)
  • DesktopSearchService.exe - DesktopSearch Service
  • uninstall.exe - DesktopSearch Uninstall
  • (Malware detected) DesktopSearch.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • DesktopSearchService.exe runs as a service named 'DesktopSearch' (DesktopSearch).
Startup File (User Run)
  • DesktopSearch.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'DesktopSearch' and executes as C:\ProgramData\DesktopSearch\DesktopSearch.exe -ros.

How do I remove DesktopSearch?

You can uninstall DesktopSearch 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program DesktopSearch, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 DesktopSearch.
  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 10 54%
Win 8.1 1%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 66%
Keep it 34%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 54.84%
Windows 7 40.55%
Windows XP 2.30%
Windows Vista 2.30%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 26.98%
Windows 7 Home Premium 20.93%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.77%
Windows 7 Professional 8.37%
Windows 10 Home 7.44%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 5.58%

Distribution by countryGeography

44.49% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 44.49%
  Brazil 8.37%
  France 8.37%
  Germany 7.60%
  Italy 6.84%
  Canada 5.70%
  India 5.32%
  Australia 4.94%
  United Kingdom 4.18%
  DK 1.52%
  Norway 1.14%
  Spain 0.38%
  GP 0.38%
  Greece 0.38%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.46%
Acer 21.19%
Dell 18.54%
Toshiba 11.92%
Samsung 6.62%
ASUS 5.30%
Lenovo 2.65%
Sahara 1.99%
Common models
HP 15 Notebook PC 7.26%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.23%
Dell Inspiron 3521 3.23%
HP Pavilion 17 Notebook P... 3.23%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 1.61%
Samsung 275E4E/275E5E 1.61%


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