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Should I remove Search Manager Service?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
69% remove it31% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #23,573
United States Rank #12,459
Reach 0.0079%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.11 days
239.29 days >
Average installed length: 125.73 days


5.3.1 1.28%
5.2.3 9.62%
5.2.2 3.85%
5.1.7 83.33%
5.1.3 1.92%

Search Manager Service

What is Search Manager Service?

As part of the installation process the publisher may offer changes to your Internet Browser settings. These changes if approved by you can be reconfigured by you at any time from the options dialog available on your Internet Browser. Such changes may include the following:
- The homepage of your Internet Browser
- The default search engine in your Internet Browser's built-in search box
- The page displayed when opening a new tab

About  (from Surf Canyon)

Surf Canyon has invented and developed "real-time personalized search," a technology that disambiguates the intent “on the fly,” and, in real time, brings forward to page one relevant results that might otherwise remain buried. By transforming traditional static lists of links into dynamic search pages that automatical...  Read more


The most used version is 5.1.7, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The main program executable is SurfCanyonDesktop.exe. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 11 files and is usually about 1.52 MB (1,595,885 bytes).
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.surfcanyon.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Surf Canyon
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Surf Canyon\Uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 1.52 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Search Manager Service

Program executable:SurfCanyonDesktop.exe
Name:Surf Canyon Desktop
Path:C:\Program Files\Surf Canyon\SurfCanyonDesktop.exe
Additional files:
  • SurfCanyonDesktop.exe - Surf Canyon Desktop
  • surfcanyon.dll - Fast Search (Fast Search for Internet Explorer)
  • surfcanyon64.dll
  • scbhmon.exe - scbhmon
  • Hardcodet.Wpf.TaskbarNotification.dll (by hardcodet.net) - NotifyIcon WPF (NotifyIcon for WPF)
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • surfcanyon.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Fast Search' with the class of {5AB7104A-B71F-49AD-9154-F7F8806AE848} (IE BHO Utility).
  • scbhmon.exe runs as a service named 'Extension Security Monitor Service' (scbhmon) "Extension Security Monitor Service".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • SurfCanyonDesktop.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SurfCanyonDesktop' which loads as C:\Program Files\Surf Canyon\SurfCanyonDesktop.exe.

How do I remove Search Manager Service?

You can uninstall Search Manager Service 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 Manager Service, 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 Manager Service.
  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 Manager Service you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 63%
Win Vista (SP1) 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 69%
Keep it 31%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.46%
Windows 10 26.28%
Windows Vista 10.26%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 50.33%
Windows 8 10.46%
Windows 8.1 10.46%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.19%
Windows 7 Professional 7.19%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.58%

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 40.80%
Dell 27.20%
Toshiba 12.00%
Acer 12.00%
Samsung 2.40%
Lenovo 2.40%
ASUS 0.80%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 5.22%
Dell Inspiron N7010 2.61%
Dell Inspiron 580 1.74%
Dell Inspiron 545s 1.74%
Dell Inspiron M5040 1.74%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 1.74%


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