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Should I remove Protected Search?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
82% remove it18% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,622
United States Rank #8,705
Reach 0.1523%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 47.42 days
1392.28 days >
Average installed length: 731.54 days

Protected Search 1.1

What is Protected Search?

Protected Search displays various advertisements and tracks and reports your Internet browsing behavior. Protected Search is an advertising supported program installed into Internet Explorer and Firefox web browsers. Protected Search collects and stores information about your web browsing habits and sends this information to its remote servers in order to provide injected advertising in search results and various other places. Protected Search will also modify your home page and search provider.

What the toolbar/add-in does:
- Changes the default search engine in your web browser's built-in search box.
- Changes the default home page of your web browser.
- Adds alternative "page not found" functionality.
- Allows software updates of the application once a new version is released.
- Enable search from the address bar of your web browser.
- Adds, removes or modifies components interacting with search input fields.

The functionality is delivered by the search monitization platform PredictAd (www.predictad.com).

About  (from SimplyGen LTD)

SimplyGen provides browser and Application add-ons (PredictAd Add Ons) that enables users to receive website information and additional search and browsing enhancement. You acknowledge and agree that during installation, You may be prompted by the Software to apply changes to your Internet Browser settings. Change the ...  Read more
  • Starts automatically
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
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Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Protected Search
URL: www.ProtectedSearch.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Protected Search\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Protected Search\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 2.17 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Protected Search 1.1

Program executable:ProtectedSearch.exe
Signed by:Simply Tech Ltd
Path:C:\Program Files\Protected Search\ProtectedSearch.exe
Protected Search is an advertising supported program installed into Internet Explorer and Firefox web browsers. Protected Search collects and stores information about your web browsing habits and sends this information to its remote servers...
Additional files:
  • ProtectedSearchSettings.exe - ProtectedSearchSettings
  • TaskSchedulerCreator.exe - TaskSchedulerCreator
  • ProtectedSearch.exe - ProtectedSearch
  • InstallHelper.dll - ToolbarInnoSetupHelper
  • UnProtect.exe - UnProtect64
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • ProtectedSearch.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{93B712D5-90AE-43FA-8D56-CDDBC70DC97B}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • ProtectedSearch.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Protected Search.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • ProtectedSearch.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Protected Search\ProtectedSearch.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:19.54 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0013725952%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00072709%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00064550%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:251,160
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:1.41 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:93 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Protected Search?

You can uninstall Protected 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 Protected Search 1.1, 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 Protected 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.

Win 7 (SP1) 64%
Win 7 0%
Scheduled task? Yes
(Runs on Windows boot)
Uninstall it 82%
Keep it 18%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 75.80%
Windows XP 13.17%
Windows 10 5.50%
Windows Vista 5.50%
Windows Server 2003 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 34.77%
Windows 7 Ultimate 24.76%
Microsoft Windows XP 13.07%
Windows 7 Professional 9.05%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.82%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.69%

Distribution by countryGeography

14.51% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 14.51%
  Germany 10.49%
  Iran 5.93%
  Brazil 4.50%
  Italy 4.08%
  Hungary 4.02%
  India 3.29%
  MA 3.06%
  United Kingdom 2.65%
  France 1.98%
  Indonesia 1.66%
  Romania 1.56%
  Israel 1.56%
  Netherlands 1.56%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.52%
Acer 21.33%
Dell 19.12%
ASUS 7.62%
Toshiba 6.85%
Samsung 3.92%
Lenovo 2.54%
American Megatrends 2.10%
Intel 2.04%
Medion 0.83%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.46%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.43%
Dell Inspiron N5110 4.91%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.58%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 2.58%
HP Pavilion g4 Notebook P... 2.33%


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