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Should I remove Search Enhancement Tool?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
65% remove it35% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #44,381
United States Rank #41,058
Reach 0.0019%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.30 days
303.82 days >
Average installed length: 159.63 days


1.3.14 21.05%
1.3.13 5.26%
1.3.12 65.79%
1.2.2 5.26% 2.63%

Search Enhancement Tool

What is Search Enhancement Tool?

The toolbar is powered by the Besttoolbars platform. It is a potentially unwanted web browser extension that is designed to deliver search-based hijacking/injection as well as contextual advertising. The program does this by modifying the user's home and search page in order to monetize a user's search activities. By installing a Browser Helper Object (BHO) in Internet Explorer, the extension has the ability to monitor and track a user web browsing activities and display various banner and link-context ads in addition to its search redirection.


The most used version is 1.3.12, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The main program executable is BackgroundHost.exe. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 15 files and is usually about 1.22 MB (1,281,889 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Search Enhancement Tool.
ScriptHost64.dll (f08d13281806d40ea4cb0a6018a4bebf) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
SUPERAntiSpyware 10650 Trojan.Hoster
VIPRE Antivirus 26180 Besttoolbars (fs)

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Search Enhancement Tool
URL: www.searchenhancementtool.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\search enhancement tool
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Search Enhancement Tool\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 1.22 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Search Enhancement Tool

Program executable:BackgroundHost.exe
Name:Add-ons Framework
Path:C:\Program Files\search enhancement tool\BackgroundHost.exe
Additional files:
  • ScriptHost.dll - Add-ons Framework (ScriptHost)
  • (Malware detected) ScriptHost64.dll
  • npTBUtils.dll (by Besttoolbars) - Besttoolbars NPAPI utils
  • AddonsFramework.Typelib.dll (by Besttoolbars)
  • AddonsFramework.Typelib64.dll
  • BackgroundHost.exe - BackgroundHost
  • BackgroundHost64.exe
  • ButtonSite.dll - ButtonSite
  • ButtonSite64.dll
  • uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • npTBUtils.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npTBUtils.dll'.
2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • ScriptHost.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Search Enhancement Tool' with the class of {8E0B5CFE-A7EB-4F19-848A-C862F2AD464D}.
  • ScriptHost64.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Search Enhancement Tool' with the class of {8E0B5CFE-A7EB-4F19-848A-C862F2AD464D}.
Mozilla Plugin
  • npTBUtils.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@getadverts.com/npTBUtils' with a plugin key of '@getadverts.com/npTBUtils' for all users of the PC.

How do I remove Search Enhancement Tool?

You can uninstall Search Enhancement Tool 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 Enhancement Tool, 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 Enhancement Tool.
  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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Search Enhancement Tool you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 63%
Win XP 3%
Plugs into Mozilla Firefox
Uninstall it 65%
Keep it 35%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.16%
Windows 10 18.42%
Windows XP 13.16%
Windows Vista 5.26%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 47.37%
Windows 8 13.16%
Microsoft Windows XP 13.16%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.89%
Windows 7 Professional 5.26%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 2.63%

Distribution by countryGeography

51.11% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 51.11%
  United Kingdom 44.44%
  Iran 4.44%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 26.47%
Hewlett-Packard 20.59%
ASUS 8.82%
Samsung 8.82%
Sony 8.82%
Toshiba 5.88%
Acer 5.88%
Intel 2.94%
Common models
Sony SVF14N13CXB 2.86%
Sony SVE14A390X 2.86%
Samsung 300E4C/300E5C/300... 2.86%
Hewlett-Packard s5710f 2.86%
Hewlett-Packard p7-1234 2.86%
Gigabyte M61PME-S2 2.86%


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