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Should I remove Search Snacks?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
84% remove it16% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #11,058
United States Rank #7,223
Reach 0.0310%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 6.04 days
178.26 days >
Average installed length: 93.66 days


VersionDistribution 29.79% 14.73% 17.51% 36.33% 1.64%

Search Snacks

What is Search Snacks?

This PUP distributed by InfoAtoms (Highlighty, etc.) displays advertising in the user's Internet browser by running as an extension and/or add-on. Ads are delivered in the form of search-related ads, banner and video ads, and text-links (roll-overs) as well as some popup ads. These ads are typically injected in the header of footer are of the web page. It will also convert words on pages you view into hyperlinks that are linked to advertisements. This application is classified as adware and/or a PUP based on its behavior. The software is distributed through third party installers.

From the EULA: "Search Snacks offers a free search and translation utility in exchange for agreement to install the software and receive advertising. In order to keep Search Snacks free you may see banner, text, pop-up, pop-under, interstitial, video, coupon, and/or in-text advertisements through the software on websites where features operate and during general internet usage."

The Software interacts with your computer by:
- Inserting ads into web pages.
- Converting words on pages you view into hyperlinks that are linked to advertisements;
- Monitoring and recording the domain name of each page you view, the advertisements that appear on these pages, and the advertisements that you click.
- Changing browser settings.

About  (from Search Snacks)

Search Snacks is a free, ad-supported software utility that makes searching and translating information you find online easy. Take any text you see online, highlight it, and Search Snacks will show the Wikipedia and Bing results in an in-page window. That means you don’t have to open up a new window, go to a search eng...  Read more
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Injects advertisements unassociated with the underlying web page
  • Most users and experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Search Snacks.
sssvc.exe (d2f12cd7289da1f5e29131181daca816) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Symantec 5/29/2014 rev. 5 WS.Reputation
VIPRE Antivirus 29608 InfoAtoms (fs)
SearchSnacksClientIE.dll (84b42525452551250c3473d0dd13d195) has been flagged by the following 16 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Adware.Vitruvian.B
Agnitum Outpost PUA.Vitruvian!
AVware InfoAtoms (fs)
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.Vitruvian.bD
Bitdefender 7.2 Adware.Vitruvian.B
Comodo Security 19777 ApplicUnwnt
Dr.Web Adware.Plugin.471
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Vitruvian.B (B)
ESET-NOD32 10551 a variant of Win32/AdWare.Vitruvian.D
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Adware.Vitruvian.B
G Data 24 Adware.Vitruvian.B
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Vitruvian.B
nProtect 2014-10-12.01 Adware.Vitruvian.B
Sophos 4.98.0 Generic PUA NO
Symantec 20141.1.0.330 Adware.Gen
VIPRE Antivirus 33860 InfoAtoms (fs)
       View all 18 all detections
Search Snacks 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: Search Snacks
URL: www.search-snacks.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\searchsnacks
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\SearchSnacks\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 711.38 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Search Snacks

Program executable:sssvc.exe (Malware detected)
Name:Search Snacks Client Service
Path:C:\Program Files\searchsnacks\Service\sssvc.exe
Additional files:
  • Uninstall.exe - Search Snacks (Search Snacks Setup)
  • SearchSnacksClientIE.dll - Search Snacks Client BHO x86

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • SearchSnacksClientIE.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'SearchSnacks' with the class of {7D1B27B2-3DE0-4F26-94A0-E14FDB06D292}.
  • sssvc.exe runs as a service named 'Search Snacks Client Service' (sssvc) "This service enables Search Snacks on HTTP websites".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.93 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0010158751%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00034347%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00067240%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:9,368,897
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:2.29 MB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:2.12 MB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Search Snacks?

You can uninstall Search Snacks 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 Snacks, 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 Snacks.
  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 Snacks you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 52%
Win XP 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 56.63%
Windows 10 35.02%
Windows Vista 5.07%
Windows XP 3.27%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 29.56%
Windows 8.1 18.72%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.49%
Windows 7 Professional 9.03%
Windows 8 7.06%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.45%

Distribution by countryGeography

71.73% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 71.73%
  Brazil 13.20%
  Australia 5.61%
  United Kingdom 2.34%
  Russia 1.40%
  Germany 1.17%
  Mexico 0.93%
  Canada 0.93%
  France 0.58%
  Italy 0.58%
  Spain 0.47%
  Turkey 0.23%
  India 0.12%
  Greece 0.12%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 32.45%
Dell 24.94%
Acer 17.43%
ASUS 7.75%
Toshiba 7.26%
Samsung 4.36%
Lenovo 3.87%
American Megatrends 0.73%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 3.90%
HP 15 Notebook PC 3.46%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.46%
Dell Inspiron 3521 3.46%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.46%
HP Pavilion 17 Notebook P... 2.60%


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