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Should I remove SK.Helper?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
85% remove it15% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #28,832
Reach 0.0052%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.47 days
485.80 days >
Average installed length: 255.25 days

SK.Helper 1.74

What is SK.Helper?

SK.Helper is a protection mechanism that is designed to protect bundled software of potentially unwanted programs distributed through bundles. Also know as SProtector, SKHelper is typically installed with adware such as toolbars and its primary purpose is to prevent a web browser's home page or search engine from being modified to something other than what the adware has set it to. According to multiple anti-virus products this software is generally defined as either an unwanted application or a trojan.


The main program executable is psupport.dll. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The setup package is about 1.32 MB (1,380,056 bytes) when donwloaded.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in SK.Helper.
psupport.dll (898bdcc577a2b49e8eacaf18ddbb3e7b) has been flagged by the following 22 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 1104 Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Bprotector.1
AhnLab-V3 2014.01.24 PUP/Win32.ADownloader
Avira AntiVir Adware/BHO.Bprotector.12
avast! 2014.9-140126 Win32:Adware-BID [Adw]
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.BHO.40
Bitdefender Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Bprotector.1
Comodo Security 17665 UnclassifiedMalware
Dr.Web Adware.BGuard.42
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Bprotector
ESET-NOD32 8.9331 a variant of Win32/SProtector.A
F-Secure 11.2014-26-01_1 Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Bprotector.1
G Data 14.1.24 Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Bprotector
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.49267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes v2014.01.26.02 PUP.Optional.SProtect.A
McAfee 5600.7238 Generic PUP.a
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7238 Generic PUP.a
MicroWorld-eScan Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Bprotector.1
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32.BGuard.cqshad
Sophos 4.97 BProtector
Symantec 1/26/2014 rev. 1 Adware.BL
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.BHO
VIPRE Antivirus 25750 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
       View all 22 all detections
SK.Helper 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

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\sk.enhancer
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Sk.Enhancer\uninstall.exe" /FULLPATH="C:\Program Files\Sk.Enhancer"
Estimated size: 1.32 MB

Program filesFiles installed by SK.Helper 1.74

Program module:psupport.dll (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\sk.enhancer\psupport.dll
Additional files:
  • uninstall.exe

How do I remove SK.Helper?

You can uninstall SK.Helper 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 SK.Helper 1.74, 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 SK.Helper.
  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) 67%
Win Server 2003 1%
Uninstall it 85%
Keep it 15%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 90.29%
Windows XP 7.77%
Windows Vista 0.97%
Windows Server 2003 0.97%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 40.20%
Windows 7 Home Premium 27.45%
Windows 7 Professional 11.76%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.82%
Windows 7 Starter 3.92%
Windows 7 Home Basic 2.94%

Distribution by countryGeography

19.49% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 19.49%
  Indonesia 11.02%
  MA 6.78%
  Brazil 5.08%
  Turkey 5.08%
  India 4.24%
  Thailand 4.24%
  DZ 3.39%
  Mexico 3.39%
  Taiwan 3.39%
  Canada 2.54%
  Egypt 2.54%
  Spain 2.54%
  Philippines 2.54%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 30.14%
Hewlett-Packard 23.29%
Dell 20.55%
ASUS 9.59%
MSI 4.11%
Lenovo 2.74%
Samsung 2.74%
Compaq 1.37%
American Megatrends 1.37%
Common models
1AAAA G41T-M7 2.27%
Dell OptiPlex 380 2.27%
HP 630 Notebook PC 2.27%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.27%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.27%

About Search Assistant SProtector

Alias distribution of the SProtector class of malware.


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