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Should I remove SK.Helper?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
80% remove it20% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #19,097
United States Rank #29,695
Reach 0.0119%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 21.22 days
626.06 days >
Average installed length: 328.95 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 primary executable is named psupport.dll. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 2 files and is usually about 1.32 MB (1,380,056 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Delivered through a thrid-party offer
  • 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

Displayed publisher: Verified Publisher
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) 74%
Win 10 0%
Uninstall it 80%
Keep it 20%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 87.23%
Windows XP 8.09%
Windows Vista 4.26%
Windows 10 0.43%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 37.02%
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.09%
Windows 7 Professional 14.89%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.09%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.83%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.83%

Distribution by countryGeography

17.79% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 17.79%
  Brazil 11.07%
  Indonesia 10.28%
  Italy 4.35%
  MA 3.56%
  Canada 3.16%
  Argentina 2.37%
  DZ 2.37%
  Egypt 2.37%
  Thailand 2.37%
  Turkey 2.37%
  Australia 1.98%
  France 1.98%
  India 1.98%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 22.00%
Dell 21.33%
Acer 20.67%
Samsung 8.00%
Toshiba 6.67%
ASUS 6.00%
Lenovo 3.33%
American Megatrends 1.33%
Intel 1.33%
Sony 1.33%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.45%
Dell Inspiron N5010 3.45%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.45%
Gigabyte G41MT-S2PT 3.45%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.59%
Gigabyte G41MT-S2P 1.72%

About Search Assistant SProtector

Alias distribution of the SProtector class of malware.


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