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Should I remove Microsoft Search Enhancement Pack?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #24,831
United States Rank #23,793
Reach 0.0071%


VersionDistribution 73.57% 7.86% 3.57% 3.57% 0.71% 1.43% 0.71% 7.14% 0.71%

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Microsoft Search Enhancement Pack

What is Microsoft Search Enhancement Pack?

When installing Windows Live applications, the Microsoft Search Enhancement Pack automatically installs as well. The Search Enhancement Pack creates a new service called Seaport that runs in the background of your computer.


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. 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 primary executable is named seaport.exe. The setup package generally installs about 1 files.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\microsoft\search enhancement pack\seaport
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{4CBA3D4C-8F51-4D60-B27E-F6B641C571E7}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft Search Enhancement Pack

Program executable:seaport.exe
Name:Microsoft Search Enhancement Pack
Microsoft SeaPort Search Enhancement Broker
Path:C:\Program Files\microsoft\search enhancement pack\seaport\seaport.exe
Microsoft SeaPort Search Enhancement Broker for the Microsoft Bing Bar, a toolbar for Internet Explorer.

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • SeaPort.exe runs as a service named 'SeaPort' (SeaPort) "Enables the detection, download and installation of up-to-date configuration files for Microsoft Search Enhancement applications. Also provides server communication for the customer experience improvement program. If this service is disabled, search enhancement features such as search history may not work correctly.".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.9 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0004098187%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00017716%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00023266%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:25,278
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:831 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:2.04 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Microsoft Search Enhancement Pack?

You can uninstall Microsoft Search Enhancement Pack 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 Search Enhancement Pack, 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 Search Enhancement Pack.

Win 7 (SP1) 45%
Win XP 1%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 52.17%
Windows Vista 39.86%
Windows 10 4.35%
Windows XP 3.62%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 42.54%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 29.10%
Windows Vista Home Basic 6.72%
Windows 7 Professional 5.22%
Windows 7 Ultimate 2.99%
Microsoft Windows XP 2.99%

Distribution by countryGeography

44.58% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 44.58%
  United Kingdom 9.64%
  France 8.43%
  Spain 4.22%
  Canada 3.61%
  Germany 3.01%
  Brazil 3.01%
  Netherlands 2.41%
  Italy 2.41%
  Australia 2.41%
  Taiwan 1.81%
  Romania 1.20%
  Ireland 1.20%
  Israel 1.20%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 50.49%
Hewlett-Packard 15.53%
Acer 11.65%
Toshiba 7.77%
Lenovo 3.88%
Sony 2.91%
ASUS 2.91%
NEC 0.97%
Packard Bell 0.97%
Medion 0.97%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 1545 6.09%
Dell Inspiron N5010 3.48%
Dell Inspiron 545 3.48%
DIXONSXP T9508 1.74%
Acer Aspire 5738 1.74%
Dell Studio XPS 8000 1.74%

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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