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Should I remove Search.com Toolbar?

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 #47,715
Reach 0.0016%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 103.42 days
850.24 days >
Average installed length: 446.74 days


6.6 100.00%

Search.com Toolbar v6.6

What is Search.com Toolbar?

The Search.com Toolbar Toolbar by CBS Interactive is an advertising supported toolbar for Intenet Explorer and Firefox (a web browser extension) that is typically installed via a software bundler. The toolbar is the Spigot Widgi Toolbar and collects and stores information about your web browsing habits and sends this information to Search.com so they can suggest services or provide advertising via the toolbar. Search Toolbar will attempt to change your home page and search provider to Search.com if you are not careful during installation and provides a search box and various other generic features in the toolbar.

About  (from CBS Interactive)

Search.com is a metasearch engine: your search query is sent to several search engines at one time and the results are integrated into one list. That means you don't have to spend time going to each individual site to search - you can get all the Web's top results at once from Search.com.
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Known to reinstall itself
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • Most users and experts agree, you should remove it!

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.search.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Search.com Toolbar\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{2260164E-2F4F-4675-9577-42FBFEFD8B74}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.34 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Search.com Toolbar v6.6

Program executable:WidgiHelper.exe
Name:Widgi Toolbar
WidgiHelper Application
Path:C:\Program Files\Search.com Toolbar\WidgiHelper.exe
Additional files:
  • WidgiHelper.exe - Widgi Toolbar (WidgiHelper Application)
  • searchcomToolbarIE.dll - Widgi Toolbar for Internet Explorer

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • searchcomToolbarIE.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Search.com Toolbar' with the class of {BFEAF3D0-307E-4F52-B64A-AF56BABE82B5}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • searchcomToolbarIE.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Search.com Toolbar' with the class of {BFEAF3D0-307E-4F52-B64A-AF56BABE82B5}.
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • searchcomToolbarIE.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Search.com Toolbar' with a class of {BFEAF3D0-307E-4F52-B64A-AF56BABE82B5} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.

How do I remove Search.com Toolbar?

You can uninstall Search.com Toolbar 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.com Toolbar v6.6, 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.com Toolbar.
  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.com Toolbar v6.6 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 44%
Win Vista 3%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 79%
Keep it 21%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 59.38%
Windows XP 34.38%
Windows Vista 6.25%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 34.38%
Windows 7 Ultimate 25.00%
Windows 7 Home Premium 21.88%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.25%
Windows 7 Professional 6.25%
Windows 7 ????? 3.13%

Distribution by countryGeography

16.22% of installs come from Hungary
Which countries install it?
  Hungary 16.22%
  United States 13.51%
  China 8.11%
  United Kingdom 8.11%
  France 5.41%
  Australia 5.41%
  India 5.41%
  Indonesia 5.41%
  Romania 5.41%
  Iran 5.41%
  MK 2.70%
  Vietnam 2.70%
  Thailand 2.70%
  Greece 2.70%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 17.86%
Dell 14.29%
Acer 10.71%
ASUS 10.71%
American Megatrends 7.14%
Toshiba 3.57%
Samsung 3.57%
Sahara 3.57%
Packard Bell 3.57%
Medion 3.57%
Lenovo 3.57%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite A110 3.33%
ECS GeForce6100PM-M2 3.33%
Dell Vostro1510 3.33%
Dell Dell DM061 3.33%

About CBS Interactive

CBS Interactive is an online content network for information and entertainment and its websites cover news, sports, entertainment, technology and business.
Publisher URL: www.cbsinteractive.com


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