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Should I remove Search Armor?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
80% remove it20% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
United States Rank #38,855
Reach 0.0007%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 6.79 days
96.97 days >
Average installed length: 50.95 days


1 100.00%

Search Armor

What is Search Armor?

Search Armor is an Internet toolbar/plugin (for Internet Explorer it runs as a BHO, in Chrome and Firefox it will run as an extension) that plugs into the user's default web browser and will modify a number of settings such as taking control of the browser's search and home pages, new tab functionality as well as DNS 'not found' redirection. Additionally this potentially unwanted program will change some security settings of the browser that might also lower the overall security of the user's PC. This is done in order to allow the program to run uninterrupted. Should the user attempt to uninstall the software using the standard methods in Add/Remove Programs, only parts of this PUP will be uninstalled and some items such as the modified search and home pages may still point to an unwanted web page.


During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up (this is typically done to avoid any UAC prompts). A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The main program executable is SearchArmor.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 3 files and is usually about 1.04 MB (1,085,825 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Starts automatically
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Search Armor.
SearchArmor.exe (2a8709652c64a0f9ee167fb143de8c62) has been flagged by the following 13 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 PUA.Downloader
Antiy-AVL RiskWare[Downloader:not-a-virus]/Win32.Montiera
avast! 2014.9-140825 Win32:Malware-gen
AVG 2015.0.3371 Montiera
AVware Montiera (fs)
Baidu-International Hacktool.Win32.Montiera.Aj
Dr.Web Trojan.DownLoader11.22262
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. not-a-virus:Downloader.Montiera
Kaspersky not-a-virus:Downloader.Win32.Montiera
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32.DownLoader11.dcoupy
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.237 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0807
Vba32 AntiVirus Downloader.Montiera
VIPRE Antivirus 32430 Montiera (fs)
       View all 13 all detections
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Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\searcharmor
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\SearchArmor\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 1.04 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Search Armor

Program executable:SearchArmor.exe (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\searcharmor\SearchArmor.exe
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) SearchArmor.exe
  • SearchArmorUpd.exe
  • uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • SearchArmorUpd.exe is scheduled as a task named 'SearchArmor' (runs daily at 7:55 PM).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • SearchArmorUpd.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named SearchArmor.

How do I remove Search Armor?

You can uninstall Search Armor 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 Search Armor, 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 Search Armor.
  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 10 50%
Win Vista (SP1) 7%
Scheduled task? Yes
(Runs on Windows boot)
Uninstall it 80%
Keep it 20%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 50.00%
Windows 7 42.86%
Windows Vista 7.14%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.57%
Windows 8 21.43%
Windows 8.1 21.43%
Windows 7 Professional 14.29%
Windows 10 Home 7.14%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.14%

Distribution by countryGeography

100.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 100.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 38.46%
Lenovo 15.38%
Toshiba 15.38%
Sony 7.69%
Gateway 7.69%
Acer 7.69%
ASUS 7.69%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite L675 7.69%
TOSHIBA Satellite C875 7.69%
Sony VPCEA3TFX 7.69%
LENOVO 2093 7.69%
LENOVO 20179 7.69%
Hewlett-Packard p7-1241 7.69%


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