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What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
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United States Rank #3,575
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VersionDistribution 55.45% 2.93% 9.63% 31.99%

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Microsoft Default Manager

What is Microsoft Default Manager?

Microsoft Default Manager sets search defaults on your browser and notifies you when other programs attempt to change these settings. You can also opt in or out of a program which allows Microsoft to collect additional information about your system configuration.


The most common release is, 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. The primary executable is named defmgr.exe. The setup package generally installs about 3 files and is usually about 1.06 MB (1,109,303 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Search Enhancement Pack\Default Manager\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{1CAC7A41-583B-4483-9FA5-3E5465AFF8C2}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.06 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft Default Manager

Program executable:defmgr.exe
Name:Default Manager
Microsoft Default Manager
Path:C:\Program Files\microsoft\search enhancement pack\default manager\defmgr.exe
Additional files:
  • dmres.dll - Microsoft Default Manager Resources
  • FFGlobalExtension.dll - Microsoft Default Manager

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • DefMgr.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 1.
Startup File (User Run)
  • DefMgr.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Microsoft Default Manager' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Search Enhancement Pack\Default Manager\DefMgr.exe" -resume.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • DefMgr.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Microsoft Default Manager' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Search Enhancement Pack\Default Manager\DefMgr.exe" -resume.

How do I remove Microsoft Default Manager?

You can uninstall Microsoft Default Manager 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 Microsoft Default Manager, 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 Microsoft Default Manager.

Win 7 (SP1) 46%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 48.97%
Windows Vista 44.38%
Windows 10 6.08%
Windows XP 0.57%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 34.73%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 32.88%
Windows Vista Home Basic 8.97%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.60%
Windows 7 Professional 4.92%
Windows 10 Home 3.12%

Distribution by countryGeography

58.36% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 58.36%
  France 9.43%
  United Kingdom 6.03%
  Canada 4.04%
  Brazil 2.53%
  Netherlands 2.49%
  Australia 1.95%
  Germany 1.89%
  Spain 1.48%
  Belgium 1.15%
  Mexico 1.01%
  Italy 0.84%
  Japan 0.61%
  Portugal 0.54%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 68.55%
Hewlett-Packard 13.01%
Acer 7.46%
Toshiba 4.45%
Samsung 1.32%
Intel 0.93%
Lenovo 0.88%
Sony 0.49%
Medion 0.38%
American Megatrends 0.33%
Packard Bell 0.33%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 1545 16.57%
Dell Studio 1555 8.10%
Dell Inspiron 545 5.77%
Dell Inspiron 1750 5.70%
Dell Inspiron 546 5.40%
Dell Studio 1737 4.95%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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