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Should I remove Search Settings?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
68% remove it32% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #28,121
United States Rank #37,063
Reach 0.0055%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 25.01 days
737.78 days >
Average installed length: 387.65 days


1.0 85.32%

Search Settings

What is Search Settings?

Search Settings application is a process that runs in the background and prevents other programs from modifying the web browsers search and home page settings. Currently it forces these settings to redirect the browser to Yahoo because for each search a user performs, the company receives a portion of paid search proceeds. This product is typically bundled with various Spigot installed 3rd party products including with most versions of the Spigot Toolbar (which is re-branded for various 3rd party developers).

About  (from Spigot)

The Spigot Search Settings is an application which is part of the Spigot Toolbar. Spigot searchsettings.exe'spurpose is to check periodically your default search engine and restore it to Yahoo in case you agreed to set it to Yahoo in the first place and another application is trying to change it. It's easy to uninstal...  Read more


It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. The primary executable is named SearchSettings.exe. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 5 files and is usually about 1.37 MB (1,439,156 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • The wisdom of the experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Search Settings.
Uninst.exe (887d7441bd8be3f36e728a791c70b874) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Norman 10.20140107 Suspicious_Gen2.VLBCV
Symantec 1/7/2014 rev. 3 WS.Reputation
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.7 TROJ_GEN.RCBH1AK

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.spigot.com/remove-search-settings.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\searchsettings
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\SearchSettings\Uninst.exe /SSETTINGS
Estimated size: 1.37 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Search Settings

Program executable:SearchSettings.exe
Name:Search Settings
Path:C:\Program Files\searchsettings\SearchSettings.exe
Additional files:
  • Uninst.exe (by Flipora) - Flipora - Connect with friends
  • SearchSettings.exe - Search Settings

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • SearchSettings.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Search Settings' and executes as C:\Program Files\SearchSettings\SearchSettings.exe.

How do I remove Search Settings?

You can uninstall Search Settings 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 Settings, 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 Settings.
  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) 52%
Win 7 1%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 68%
Keep it 32%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.14%
Windows XP 15.60%
Windows Vista 13.76%
Windows 10 5.50%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 25.93%
Windows 7 Home Premium 24.07%
Microsoft Windows XP 14.81%
Windows 7 Professional 12.96%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 11.11%
Windows 8 Pro 2.78%

Distribution by countryGeography

24.17% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 24.17%
  Iran 19.17%
  United Kingdom 6.67%
  India 5.00%
  South Africa 4.17%
  France 2.50%
  Israel 2.50%
  Germany 2.50%
  Italy 2.50%
  MA 1.67%
  RW 1.67%
  Singapore 1.67%
  Brazil 1.67%
  Australia 1.67%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.14%
Dell 22.86%
Acer 15.71%
Toshiba 7.14%
Intel 5.71%
ASUS 5.71%
American Megatrends 2.86%
Lenovo 2.86%
Sahara 2.86%
Samsung 2.86%
Alienware 1.43%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 530s 2.11%
Hewlett-Packard Compaq Pr... 2.11%
HP ProBook 4530s 2.11%
Acer Aspire 5532 2.11%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.11%
TOSHIBA Satellite L500 2.11%

About (from Spigot, Inc.)

Keep your customers coming back and delight them with contextually relevant content and applications.
Publisher URL: www.spigot.com


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