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Should I remove Search Assistant JustBrowse?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
83% remove it17% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #20,762
United States Rank #43,030
Reach 0.0101%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 29.82 days
879.76 days >
Average installed length: 462.25 days

Search Assistant JustBrowse 1.66

What is Search Assistant JustBrowse?

Search Assistant JustBrowse 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 main program executable is sprotector.dll. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 2 files and is usually about 1.49 MB (1,564,070 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
  • Bundles additional prorgams in setup
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Search Assistant JustBrowse.
sprotector.dll (2b136e527af06467b576c332ec2fbe24) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
avast! 2014.9-130526 Win32:SProtector-B [PUP]
Dr.Web Adware.BGuard.11
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Trojan.Win32.SProtector.AMN
ESET-NOD32 7.8268 a variant of Win32/SProtector.A
uninstall.exe (43bb298743def6c738e1645012a31789) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
avast! 6.0.1289.0 NSIS:SProtector-B [PUP]
Dr.Web Adware.BGuard.11
PC Tools HeurEngine.ZeroDayThreat
Search Assistant JustBrowse 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\justbrowse
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\JustBrowse\uninstall.exe" /FULLPATH="C:\Program Files\JustBrowse"
Estimated size: 1.49 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Search Assistant JustBrowse 1.66

Program module:sprotector.dll (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\justbrowse\sprotector.dll
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) uninstall.exe

How do I remove Search Assistant JustBrowse?

You can uninstall Search Assistant JustBrowse 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 JustBrowse 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 JustBrowse.
  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) 69%
Win 10 1%
Uninstall it 83%
Keep it 17%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 81.00%
Windows XP 13.00%
Windows Vista 5.50%
Windows 10 0.50%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 31.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 28.50%
Microsoft Windows XP 13.00%
Windows 7 Professional 12.50%
Windows 7 Home Basic 4.00%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.50%

Distribution by countryGeography

19.32% of installs come from Taiwan
Which countries install it?
  Taiwan 19.32%
  United States 9.66%
  Brazil 5.80%
  India 5.80%
  Hong Kong 4.35%
  Indonesia 3.38%
  Saudi Arabia 2.90%
  Israel 2.42%
  Hungary 2.42%
  Thailand 1.93%
  France 1.93%
  Argentina 1.93%
  United Kingdom 1.93%
  MK 1.45%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 27.42%
Hewlett-Packard 20.16%
Dell 18.55%
ASUS 8.87%
Lenovo 5.65%
Toshiba 4.84%
American Megatrends 3.23%
Common models
Dell Inspiron N5110 4.39%
Acer Aspire V3-571G 4.39%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.51%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.63%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.63%
Acer Aspire 5551 1.75%

About Search Assistant SProtector

Alias distribution of the SProtector class of malware.


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