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Should I remove Search Protect?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
84% remove it16% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #803
United States Rank #750
Reach 0.8529%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 34.59 days
1020.46 days >
Average installed length: 536.17 days


VersionDistribution 0.02% 0.03% 0.02% 0.04% 0.05% 0.01% 0.04% 0.02% 0.07% 17.36% 0.02% 0.03% 0.02% 0.04% 11.05% 2.84% 0.02% 0.54% 0.03% 0.10% 0.06% 0.07% 0.04% 0.08% 0.04% 12.06% 0.82%
2.10.300.205 0.03% 2.24% 2.58% 0.20% 7.67% 0.15% 0.07% 6.95% 0.39% 0.03% 3.09% 0.01% 0.01% 0.02% 2.07% 0.08% 7.75% 0.03% 0.17% 10.45% 0.01% 0.04% 0.01% 0.01%
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Search Protect

What is Search Protect?

From the Terms of Service:

"Search Protect is a separate piece of software installed on your hard-drive in connection with your installation of a Toolbar. It is designed to protect your Search settings from takeover by third parties. Search Protect captures information about companies attempts to redirect and/or change your Search settings. Conduit does not sell, share, or rent the information you provide through Search Protect with any third parties. It may share the information with its wholly owned subsidiaries. You can uninstall Search Protect at any time by using the standard uninstall processes that are available as part of your operating system (for example: add/remove programs in Windows).

Further, you agree that by using the Conduit Software you may periodically send technical data and related information to Conduit to facilitate the provision of updates, product support and other services to you, if any, related to the Conduit Software. Such information may include, but is not limited to, technical information or personal preferences about your computer or device (whether mobile device or other), and/or internet Browser and/or system."

Conduit Search Protect is distributed by a number of download managers and co-bundlers (Premium Installer, Web Installer) as well as with most Conduit Toolbars.

About  (from Conduit)

A free application that notifies users of changes to their homepage or search default settings. Note: Sets homepage, search default, and new tab to Conduit search.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Delivered through a thrid-party offer
  • Most users and experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Search Protect.
cltmng.exe (deabb07bc9b0009d826d2ca04c43f90f) has been flagged by the following 9 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 Riskware.SearchProtect
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.Conduit.81
Dr.Web Adware.Conduit.84
ESET-NOD32 8.9849 a variant of Win32/Conduit.SearchProtect.I
Fortinet FortiGate 5/30/2014 Riskware/Conduit_SearchProtect
G Data 14.5.24 Win32.Application.SearchProtect
Malwarebytes v2014.05.30.01 PUP.Optional.Conduit.A
Panda Antivirus PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 29622 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

Displayed publisher: Conduit
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\searchprotect\searchprotect\bin
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files1\SearchProtect\Main\bin\uninstall.exe" /S
Estimated size: 12.95 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Search Protect

Program executable:cltmng.exe
Name:Search Protect
Search Protect by Conduit
Path:C:\Program Files\searchprotect\searchprotect\bin\cltmng.exe
Additional files:
  • SPTool64.exe - Search Protect (Search Protect by Conduit)
  • SPVC32.dll
  • SPVC32Loader.dll
  • SPVC64.dll
  • SPVC64Loader.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • cltmng.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{5221B6EB-A0EC-4B8D-A7C0-6D2886802EDD}' (runs on registration).
  • cltmng.exe runs as a service named 'McAfee Application Installer Cleanup (0209221380513679)' (0209221380513679mcinstcleanup).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:8.8 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001601106%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00007630%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00008381%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:98,892
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:3.62 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:1.19 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) 54%
Win 8 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 84%
Keep it 16%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 58.74%
Windows 10 27.11%
Windows Vista 7.45%
Windows XP 6.68%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 36.82%
Windows 8.1 11.91%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.96%
Windows 7 Professional 9.14%
Windows 8 8.29%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.61%

Distribution by countryGeography

58.24% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 58.24%
  Canada 5.79%
  United Kingdom 5.28%
  France 2.89%
  Germany 2.83%
  Australia 2.64%
  India 2.28%
  Netherlands 2.23%
  Italy 1.99%
  Belgium 1.76%
  Sweden 1.55%
  Brazil 1.08%
  Finland 0.81%
  Portugal 0.77%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 31.03%
Dell 21.48%
Acer 16.53%
Toshiba 9.40%
ASUS 8.68%
Samsung 3.87%
Lenovo 3.30%
Intel 1.18%
American Megatrends 0.73%
Sahara 0.68%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.73%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.39%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 5.54%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.70%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 4.50%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.70%

About Conduit

Conduit is an online platform that allows web publishers to create custom toolbars, web apps, and mobile apps at no cost.
Publisher URL: www.conduit.com

comments2 comments

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Sneetchover a year ago
Always uninstall this program, it will be installed along side any other programs by "Conduit", including DefaultTab.
user comment
greenjoyover a year ago
I don't trust any program that installs itself without my knowledge or consent.