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Should I remove Fast Search?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
63% remove it37% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8,559
United States Rank #7,190
Reach 0.0457%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 25.68 days
757.46 days >
Average installed length: 397.99 days


5.4.0 0.22%
5.3.0 0.22%
5.2.3 0.11%
5.2.2 0.78%
5.1.6 0.11%
5.1.0 0.22%
5.0.5 0.22%
5.0.1 46.06%
4.0.4 0.22%
4.0.3 13.54%
3.5.0 4.00%
3.4.9 0.22%
3.4.7 0.44%
3.4.5 0.22%
3.4.2 0.89%
3.4.1 6.33%
3.4.0 1.55%
3.3.8 6.33%
3.3.7 3.33%
3.3.6 10.65%
3.3.5 4.33%

Fast Search

What is Fast Search?

Fast Search by Surf Canyon is a browser extension and search site that use implicit relevance feedback in real time to personalize search results.

About  (from Surf Canyon)

Surf Canyon is a browser extension that sits atop search engine sites like Google, Yahoo! and Bing. By observing user behavior, its real-time semantic personalization technology enables users to quickly and easily find relevant information that's buried in the search result set. Check out our blog for more technical di...  Read more


Fast Search is a software program developed by Surf Canyon. The most common release is 5.0.1, 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. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The primary executable is named surfcanyon.dll. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 12 files and is usually about 512.75 KB (525,058 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 54% of users of Fast Search come from the United States, it is also popular in India and Canada.
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Integrates into the web browser
Fast Search 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.surfcanyon.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Surf Canyon
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Surf Canyon\uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 512.75 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Fast Search

Program module:surfcanyon.dll
Name:Fast Search
Fast Search for Internet Explorer
Signed by:Surf Canyon Incorporated
Path:C:\Program Files\Surf Canyon\surfcanyon.dll
When you execute a search query in your browser on selected search engines (currently Google, Yahoo, Bing and Craigslist), the Fast Search Surf Canyon browser extension makes additional network connections to the search engine and execute...
Additional files:
  • SurfCanyonDesktop.exe - Surf Canyon Desktop
  • surfcanyon64.dll - Fast Search (Fast Search for Internet Explorer)
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • surfcanyon.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Fast Search' with the class of {5AB7104A-B71F-49AD-9154-F7F8806AE848} (IE BHO Utility).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • SurfCanyonDesktop.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SurfCanyonDesktop' which loads as C:\Program Files\Surf Canyon\SurfCanyonDesktop.exe.

How do I remove Fast Search?

You can uninstall Fast Search 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 Fast Search, 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 Fast Search.
  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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Fast Search you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 61%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 63%
Keep it 37%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 69.15%
Windows XP 10.32%
Windows Vista 10.32%
Windows 10 10.21%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 45.86%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.97%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.96%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.84%
Windows 7 Professional 7.83%
Windows 8 Pro 2.35%

Distribution by countryGeography

54.12% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 54.12%
  India 2.46%
  Canada 2.37%
  Israel 2.28%
  Germany 2.28%
  United Kingdom 2.19%
  Saudi Arabia 1.93%
  MA 1.75%
  Spain 1.75%
  Italy 1.75%
  Philippines 1.49%
  Australia 1.23%
  Netherlands 1.14%
  Malaysia 1.14%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 31.01%
Dell 20.73%
Acer 16.93%
Toshiba 10.60%
ASUS 6.96%
Samsung 3.48%
Lenovo 2.06%
Intel 2.06%
Sahara 1.27%
American Megatrends 0.95%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.93%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.93%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.95%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.29%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.96%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.30%


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