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Should I remove Search Assistant SimpleSpeedy?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
87% remove it13% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #10,681
United States Rank #23,308
Reach 0.0328%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 30.23 days
891.89 days >
Average installed length: 468.62 days

Search Assistant SimpleSpeedy 1.74

What is Search Assistant SimpleSpeedy?

Search Assistant SimpleSpeedy 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 software is detected as adware/malware by a number of antivirus software products:
- Avast detects it (sprotector.dll) as Win32:SProtector-A
- Emsisoft detects it as a Trojan called Trojan.Win32.SProtector.AMN
- DrWeb calls it Adware.BGuard.11
- ESET-NOD32 considers it a variant of Win32/SProtector.A
- Trend classifies it as a trojan as well named TROJ_GEN.F47V0131


The main program executable is sprotector.dll. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 3 files and is usually about 1.53 MB (1,600,071 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this 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
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Search Assistant SimpleSpeedy.
sprotector.dll (0603547a50f0f44af39c712e3206dfba) has been flagged by the following 12 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
avast! 2014.9-130526 Win32:SProtector-A [PUP]
AVG 2014.0.3449 Generic5
Bitdefender Adware.Generic.377349
Comodo Security 16296 ApplicUnwnt
Dr.Web Adware.BGuard.11
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Generic.377349
ESET-NOD32 7.8359 a variant of Win32/SProtector.A
Fortinet FortiGate 5/26/2013 Adware/Fam.NB
F-Secure 11.2013-26-05_1 Adware.Generic.377349
G Data 13.5.22 Adware.Generic.377349
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Generic.377349
VIPRE Antivirus 17980 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
uninstall.exe (e5e1c2e97d66f8a633af18d444a2ba8b) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
avast! 6.0.1289.0 NSIS:SProtector-B [PUP]
Dr.Web Adware.BGuard.11
       View all 14 all detections
Search Assistant SimpleSpeedy 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\simplespeedy
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\SimpleSpeedy\uninstall.exe" /FULLPATH="C:\Program Files\SimpleSpeedy"
Estimated size: 1.53 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Search Assistant SimpleSpeedy 1.74

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

How do I remove Search Assistant SimpleSpeedy?

You can uninstall Search Assistant SimpleSpeedy 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 SimpleSpeedy 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 Search Assistant SimpleSpeedy.
  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.

Uninstall it 87%
Keep it 13%
PC installation base

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 86.11%
Windows XP 9.41%
Windows Vista 3.86%
Windows 10 0.62%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 44.55%
Windows 7 Ultimate 25.86%
Windows 7 Professional 10.90%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.19%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 2.65%
Windows 7 Home Basic 2.02%

Distribution by countryGeography

14.93% of installs come from Taiwan
Which countries install it?
  Taiwan 14.93%
  United States 11.34%
  Germany 3.88%
  Iran 3.88%
  Italy 3.88%
  Saudi Arabia 2.69%
  Croatia 2.54%
  Netherlands 2.54%
  France 2.39%
  Poland 2.39%
  Indonesia 2.24%
  United Kingdom 2.09%
  Japan 2.09%
  Australia 1.79%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 22.33%
Acer 20.15%
Dell 16.50%
ASUS 15.05%
Lenovo 4.37%
Toshiba 3.88%
Samsung 3.88%
Sahara 1.46%
Intel 0.97%
MSI 0.97%
American Megatrends 0.73%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.89%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.44%
Dell Inspiron N5010 4.00%
HP G62 Notebook PC 3.11%
ASUSTeK K53SD 2.67%
Acer Aspire 5750G 2.67%

About Search Assistant SProtector

Alias distribution of the SProtector class of malware.


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