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Should I remove Search Protect?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
79% remove it21% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #658
United States Rank #511
Reach 1.0270%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.23 days
508.41 days >
Average installed length: 267.13 days


VersionDistribution 0.24% 0.14% 0.11% 0.16% 0.03% 0.01% 0.22% 0.36% 0.25% 0.39% 0.05% 0.27% 0.10%
3.0.410.11 0.34%
3.0.400.27 0.11%
3.0.310.22 0.12%
3.0.300.22 0.60% 0.43% 0.35% 0.46% 0.45% 0.76% 0.42% 0.66% 0.07% 0.56% 0.45% 0.05% 0.00% 0.01% 0.01% 1.14% 0.53% 0.12% 0.75% 0.41% 0.04% 0.99% 1.56% 0.02% 0.13% 2.70% 0.01% 0.38% 1.67% 0.91% 1.71% 0.00% 0.88% 0.00% 0.21%
121 versions

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Search Protect

What is Search Protect?

Search Protect from Client Connect (formally Conduit, now a venture of Perion) is a homepage and search provider modifier that when installed will change the default web browser's home page and search pages to a partner portal such as Trovi.

About  (from Client Connect LTD)

Search Protect is a free desktop application that saves your preferred browser's homepage and default search settings so that they can't be changed by software you download from the Internet. Search Protect may alert you if a third party attempts to change your browser's default search or homepage settings.
When you...  Read more


The most used version is, with over 25% 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 main program executable is cltmng.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 38 files and is usually about 16.42 MB (17,222,528 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Connects to a server over the Internet
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • The wisdom of the crowd agrees, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Search Protect.
cltmng.exe (59f0fab281ee4cc5a7aeebbeaf8d0cd8) has been flagged by the following 7 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AVG 2015.0.3438 SearchProtect
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.Conduit.45
ESET-NOD32 8.9973 a variant of Win32/Conduit.SearchProtect.I
G Data 14.6.24 Win32.Application.SearchProtect.AA@gen
Panda Antivirus Trj/Genetic.gen
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.171 TROJ_GEN.F47V0526
VIPRE Antivirus 30474 Conduit (fs)
Search Protect 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

URL: www.conduit.com/searchprotect
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\searchprotect\searchprotect\bin
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files1\SearchProtect\Main\bin\uninstall.exe" /S
Estimated size: 16.42 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Search Protect

Program executable:cltmng.exe (Malware detected)
Name:Search Protect
Signed by:ClientConnect LTD
Path:C:\Program Files\searchprotect\searchprotect\bin\cltmng.exe
Additional files:
  • RN32.dll - Search Protect
  • SPtool64.exe
  • SPVC32.dll
  • SPVC32Loader.dll
  • SPVC64.dll
  • SPVC64Loader.dll
  • VC32.dll
  • VC32Loader.dll
  • VC64.dll
  • VC64Loader.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • cltmng.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Rocket Updater' (runs daily at 02:03).
Network connections
  • cltmng.exe connects to (port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:7.63 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0034094749%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00267414%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00073533%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:623,423
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:220.51 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:13.83 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Search Protect?

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/7/8/10: 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/7/8/10: 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 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.

Win 7 (SP1) 46%
Win 10 0%
Uninstall it 79%
Keep it 21%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 49.90%
Windows 10 41.63%
Windows Vista 5.20%
Windows XP 3.27%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 31.16%
Windows 8.1 22.83%
Windows 7 Professional 8.49%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.81%
Windows 8 5.60%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.06%

Distribution by countryGeography

58.91% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 58.91%
  Canada 6.38%
  United Kingdom 5.46%
  Germany 4.48%
  France 3.31%
  Italy 2.79%
  Australia 2.55%
  India 2.16%
  Netherlands 1.62%
  Sweden 1.11%
  Brazil 1.02%
  Belgium 0.87%
  Spain 0.61%
  Portugal 0.48%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 32.13%
Dell 21.08%
Acer 16.97%
ASUS 9.53%
Toshiba 8.64%
Lenovo 4.42%
Samsung 3.18%
Intel 0.94%
MSI 0.53%
Alienware 0.45%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.90%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 5.45%
HP 15 Notebook PC 5.07%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.97%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 4.20%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.55%


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