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What percent of users and experts removed it?
83% remove it17% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #27,926
United States Rank #17,052
Reach 0.0057%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.38 days
247.15 days >
Average installed length: 129.86 days


VersionDistribution 8.18% 1.82% 3.64% 9.09% 6.36% 0.91% 9.09% 10.00% 1.82% 2.73% 6.36% 40.00%


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What is Search-Protect?  (from the publisher)

Search Protect is a separate piece of software installed on your hard drive in connection with your installation of a Toolbar or third-party software. It is designed to change and protect your preferred Browser home page and default search settings from unintentional takeover by third-party software during redirection ...  Read more


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The primary executable is named Updater.exe. 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 684.72 KB (701,158 bytes). The installed file Updater.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 84% of users of Search-Protect come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.
  • Malware detected in the program
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Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Search-Protect.
Updater.exe (f5c951c94bf898c0e36f11a7a17a0d72) has been flagged by the following 40 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 537 Trojan.GenericKD.2048606
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 Trojan.Badur
AhnLab-V3 2015.06.15 Trojan/Win32.HDC
ALYac Trojan.GenericKD.2048606
Antiy-AVL Trojan/Win32.Badur
Arcabit Trojan.Generic.D1F425E
avast! 2014.9-150817 Win32:Malware-gen
Avira ADWARE/Agent.364544.8
AVware Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
Baidu-International Trojan.Win32.Badur.miks
Bitdefender Trojan.GenericKD.2048606
CAT-QuickHeal Trojan.Badur.r5
Comodo Security 22450 ApplicUnwnt
Cyren W32/Application.QAJW-1679
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Trojan.GenericKD.2048606
ESET-NOD32 9.11785 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Visicom.D potentially unwanted
Fortinet FortiGate 8/17/2015 Riskware/Visicom
F-Secure 11.2015-17-08_2 Trojan.GenericKD.2048606
G Data 15.8.25 Trojan.GenericKD.2048606
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. Trojan.Win32.Badur
K7 AntiVirus 13.205.16237 Trojan
K7GW 13.205.16237 Trojan ( 00499e801 )
Kaspersky Trojan.Win32.Badur
Malwarebytes v2015.08.17.10 PUP.Optional.Visicom
McAfee 5600.6671 RDN/Generic PUP.x!cqx
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.6671 RDN/Generic PUP.x!cqx
MicroWorld-eScan Trojan.GenericKD.2048606
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32.Badur.dicpbc
nProtect Trojan.GenericKD.2048606
Panda Antivirus Trj/Genetic.gen
Qihoo-360 HEUR/QVM10.1.Malware.Gen
Sophos 4.98 Conduit Search Protect
Symantec 8/17/2015 rev. 2 Trojan.Gen
Tencent Win32.Trojan.Badur.Eeqz
Trend Micro 10.465.17 TROJ_GEN.F0C2C00AA15
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.229 TROJ_GEN.F0C2C00AA15
Vba32 AntiVirus Trojan.Badur
VIPRE Antivirus 41128 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
ViRobot 2014.3.20.0 Trojan.Win32.A.Badur.364544.A[h]
Zillya Trojan.Badur.Win32.13616
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Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\search-protect
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Search-Protect\uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 684.72 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Search-Protect

Program executable:Updater.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\search-protect\Updater.exe
Additional files:
  • Updater.exe - Search-Protect
  • uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • Updater.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Search-Protect' (runs daily at 9:17 AM).

How do I remove Search-Protect?

Quickly and completely remove Search-Protect from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Download Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’Remove Search-Protect from your computer.
Or, you can uninstall Search-Protect 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Search-Protect, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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-Protect.
  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.
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Win 7 (SP1) 51%
Win Vista 1%
Uninstall it 83%
Keep it 17%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 55.45%
Windows 10 37.27%
Windows Vista 7.27%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 39.09%
Windows 8.1 18.18%
Windows 7 Professional 8.18%
Windows 8 6.36%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.36%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.36%

Distribution by countryGeography

83.83% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 83.83%
  United Kingdom 5.39%
  Canada 2.40%
  Belgium 1.20%
  Australia 1.20%
  Switzerland 0.60%
  Croatia 0.60%
  NG 0.60%
  Ireland 0.60%
  MA 0.60%
  Netherlands 0.60%
  Philippines 0.60%
  Slovenia 0.60%
  Saudi Arabia 0.60%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 40.70%
Dell 24.42%
Acer 11.63%
Toshiba 9.30%
Lenovo 5.81%
Intel 3.49%
Samsung 2.33%
Gateway 1.16%
Sony 1.16%
Common models
Hewlett-Packard p6-2000uk... 2.02%
Dell XPS 8700 2.02%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.02%
Hewlett-Packard s5-1114 2.02%
TOSHIBA Satellite S855D 1.01%
TOSHIBA Satellite L870 1.01%


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