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Should I remove Search Assistant AppsAreFun?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
84% remove it16% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #26,877
United States Rank #41,593
Reach 0.0060%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 33.91 days
1000.33 days >
Average installed length: 525.60 days

Search Assistant AppsAreFun 1.66

What is Search Assistant AppsAreFun?

Search Assistant AppsAreFun is an adware program installed into Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. The programs collects and stores information about web browsing habits and sends this information to its remote servers in order to provide injected advertising in search results and various other places. Search Assistant will also modify the browser's home page and search provider. It displays various pop-up advertisements and tracks and reports your web surfing behavior. It displays targeted search results and pop-up advertisements based on terms that the user enters for Web searches. The program also adds its own browser toolbar and installs a browser helper objects (BHO) in Internet Explorer for monitoring Web search terms and implementing the browser toolbar. It also may send event logs and other system-related information to a server, and may automatically download and install updates without notifying the user.


The primary executable is named sprotector.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 802.46 KB (821,716 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • Most users and experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Search Assistant AppsAreFun.
sprotector.dll (c54a493484f7f03292cd310112d93257) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
avast! 2014.9-130523 Win32:SProtector-A [PUP]
CAT-QuickHeal Worm.SProtector.Gen
Dr.Web Adware.BGuard.3
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Trojan.Win32.SProtector.AMN
ESET-NOD32 7.8362 Win32/SProtector
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.49267 Win32.Troj.Agent.k.(kcloud)
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.143 TROJ_GEN.RCBH1L2
ViRobot 2011.4.7.4223 Trojan.Win32.A.NSAnti.427520.A
Search Assistant AppsAreFun 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\sprotector
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\SProtector\uninstall.exe" /FULLPATH="C:\Program Files\SProtector"
Estimated size: 802.46 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Search Assistant AppsAreFun 1.66

Program module:sprotector.dll (Malware detected)
Name:SProtector 1.66.1133
Path:C:\Program Files\sprotector\sprotector.dll
SProtector has been detected as 'malware' by multiple antivirus products. TrendMicro classifies it as TROJ_GEN.RCBH1L8. ESET calls it a variant of Win32/SProtector.A. QuickHeal identifies SProtector.dll as Worm.SProtector.A3. Avast...
Additional files:
  • uninstall.exe

How do I remove Search Assistant AppsAreFun?

You can uninstall Search Assistant AppsAreFun 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 Assistant AppsAreFun 1.66, 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 Assistant AppsAreFun.
  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) 72%
Win Vista 1%
Uninstall it 84%
Keep it 16%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 81.51%
Windows XP 10.08%
Windows Vista 6.72%
Windows 10 1.68%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 48.74%
Windows 7 Ultimate 18.49%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.08%
Windows 7 Professional 9.24%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.04%
Windows 7 Starter 1.68%

Distribution by countryGeography

17.05% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 17.05%
  Taiwan 6.98%
  Brazil 4.65%
  India 4.65%
  Australia 3.88%
  Sweden 3.88%
  Canada 3.88%
  Mexico 3.10%
  Italy 3.10%
  United Kingdom 3.10%
  Singapore 2.33%
  France 2.33%
  Greece 2.33%
  Philippines 2.33%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 32.58%
Hewlett-Packard 20.22%
Dell 14.61%
ASUS 6.74%
Toshiba 4.49%
Samsung 3.37%
American Megatrends 3.37%
Intel 2.25%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.95%
ASUSTeK K53SD 2.97%
Dell Inspiron N5110 1.98%
Hewlett-Packard Presario ... 1.98%
TOSHIBA Satellite P755 0.99%

About Search Assistant SProtector

Alias distribution of the SProtector class of malware.


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