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Should I remove InstallX Search Protect for Yahoo?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
52% remove it48% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #21,584
United States Rank #13,134
Reach 0.0094%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.83 days
260.54 days >
Average installed length: 136.90 days

InstallX Search Protect for Yahoo

What is InstallX Search Protect for Yahoo?

InstallX Search Protect for Yahoo is a web browser extension that will integrate itself into Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. The extension/toolbar will modify the browser's search and home pages as well as various other features such as 404 erros and DNS redirections, etc as well as may change some browser settings that might cause lessen its security levels. This is a potentially unwanted program and may interfere with the functions of some of the browser's normal features and web search behaviors. In many cases in addition to modify the search provider and default home pages, the toolbar will push additional advertisements to the browser.


It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. The primary executable is named searchprotector.exe. The setup package generally installs about 1 files and is usually about 1.74 MB (1,822,182 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • May modify the web browser's home page
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in InstallX Search Protect for Yahoo.
searchprotector.exe (dfd7c1e5b6ea9abf8545477042539bf5) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Comodo Security 17576 Application.Win32.InstallIQ.B
Dr.Web Adware.Downware.1870
ESET-NOD32 8.9263 probably a variant of Win32/InstallIQ.A
McAfee 5600.7254 Artemis!DFD7C1E5B6EA
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7254 Artemis!DFD7C1E5B6EA
Rising Antivirus PE:PUF.InstallIQ!1.9E4F
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.11 TROJ_GEN.F47V1225
VIPRE Antivirus 25212 InstallIQ Installer (fs)
Bundled relationships

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\InstallX Search Protect for Yahoo
Uninstaller: "C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\InstallX Search Protect for Yahoo\searchprotector.exe" /uninstall
Estimated size: 1.74 MB

Program filesFiles installed by InstallX Search Protect for Yahoo

Program executable:searchprotector.exe (Malware detected)
Name:InstallX Search Protecct for Yahoo
InstallX Search Protect for Yahoo
Path:C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\InstallX Search Protect for Yahoo\searchprotector.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • searchprotector.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'InstallX Search Protect for Yahoo' and executes as "C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\InstallX Search Protect for Yahoo\searchprotector.exe".

How do I remove InstallX Search Protect for Yahoo?

You can uninstall InstallX Search Protect for Yahoo 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 InstallX Search Protect for Yahoo, 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 InstallX Search Protect for Yahoo.
  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) 50%
Win XP 1%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 52%
Keep it 48%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 56.45%
Windows 10 32.80%
Windows XP 5.38%
Windows Vista 5.38%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 36.76%
Windows 8.1 18.38%
Windows 7 Professional 10.81%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.11%
Windows 8 6.49%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.86%

Distribution by countryGeography

83.03% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 83.03%
  United Kingdom 3.69%
  Canada 3.32%
  India 2.95%
  Iran 1.11%
  Italy 1.11%
  Sweden 1.11%
  Brazil 0.74%
  France 0.37%
  Hong Kong 0.37%
  Kuwait 0.37%
  Netherlands 0.37%
  New Zealand 0.37%
  SY 0.37%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 37.86%
Dell 25.00%
Acer 13.57%
Toshiba 7.86%
ASUS 4.29%
Samsung 2.86%
Gateway 2.14%
MSI 1.43%
Compaq 0.71%
Apple 0.71%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 5.60%
HP Pavilion dv6 NoteBook ... 3.20%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.20%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.20%
HP Pavilion 17 Notebook P... 2.40%
Dell Inspiron 1545 1.60%


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