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What percent of users and experts removed it?
75% remove it25% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #10,642
United States Rank #5,786
Reach 0.0330%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.25 days
302.37 days >
Average installed length: 158.87 days

Search module

What is Search module?

Search module is an advertising supported browser extension also known as adware and is designed to deliver ads to the user's Internet browser as banners, context text-links and transitionals ads. The injected ads are not affiliated with the underlying website on which they appear. Goobzo is a potentially unwanted application that may slow down Internet browsing and cause the Web browser to crash.


During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up (this is typically done to avoid any UAC prompts). Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The primary executable is named sma.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 22 files and is usually about 11.73 MB (12,294,990 bytes). The installed file Updater.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Known to reinstall itself
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Search module.
sma.exe (5ca056d01418b686aca2ba40ed7913fc) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AVG 2015.0.3285 Skodna
AVware Goobzo (fs)
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.CrossAd.BAI
Dr.Web Adware.Searcher.2656
Panda Antivirus Adware/Goobzo
Symantec 11/20/2014 rev. 5 WS.Reputation
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.324 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0904
VIPRE Antivirus 33000 Goobzo (fs)
smu.exe (52065d6576bd8044dcbbaa575dcc0eee) has been flagged by the following 30 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Adware.SearchModule.B
Agnitum Outpost Riskware.Agent!
AhnLab-V3 2014.11.13.00 Win-PUP/CrossRider
Antiy-AVL GrayWare[AdWare:not-a-virus]/Win32.Shopper
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win64:Adware-J [Adw]
AVG Skodna.A8D
AVware Goobzo (fs)
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.CrossAd.BAI
Bitdefender 7.2 Adware.SearchModule.B
CAT-QuickHeal 14.00 AdWare.Shopper.g6 (Not a Virus)
Dr.Web Adware.Searcher.2710
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.SearchModule.B (B)
ESET-NOD32 10712 a variant of MSIL/SBWatchman.A
Fortinet FortiGate 5.0.999.0 Adware/Shopper
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Adware.SearchModule.B
G Data 24 Adware.SearchModule.B
K7 AntiVirus 9.185.13993 Trojan ( 004a92e21 )
K7GW 9.185.13987 Trojan ( 004a92e21 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Shopper.adw
McAfee Artemis!52065D6576BD
McAfee-GW-Edition v2014.2 Artemis
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.SearchModule.B
NANO AntiVirus Riskware.Win64.Shopper.dfjlxq
nProtect 2014-11-12.01 Adware.SearchModule.B
Panda Antivirus Trj/Chgt.G
Tencent Win32.Trojan.Falsesign.Srna
Trend Micro 9.740.0.1012 TROJ_GEN.R047C0VK914
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R047C0VK914
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.Shopper
VIPRE Antivirus 34732 Goobzo (fs)
Updater.exe (a0b902dc99f25f2ebf8632515ce6c2fa) has been flagged by the following 16 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2014.10.27.00 Win-PUP/CrossRider
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Malware-gen
AVG Skodna.A8D
Avira Adware/CrossRider.A.16642
AVware Goobzo (fs)
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.CrossAd.BAI
ESET-NOD32 10622 a variant of Win32/ShopperPro.A
Fortinet FortiGate 5.0.999.0 Riskware/ShopperPro
G Data 24 Win32.Application.GoobZo.A
K7 AntiVirus 9.185.13805 Trojan ( 004a93fd1 )
K7GW 9.185.13802 Trojan ( 020000001 )
McAfee Artemis!A0B902DC99F2
McAfee-GW-Edition v2014.2 BehavesLike.Win32.BadFile.bh
Sophos 4.98.0 Goobzo
Symantec 20141.1.0.330 WS.Reputation.1
Tencent Win32.Trojan.Falsesign.Llqv
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Bundled relationships

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\common files\goobzo\gbupdate
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Goobzo\GBUpdate\smUninstall.exe
Estimated size: 11.73 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Search module

Program executable:sma.exe (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\common files\goobzo\gbupdate\sma.exe
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) Updater.exe - Update Helper
  • smi32.exe - SBInject Application
  • smi64.exe
  • SBIEBrowserHelperObject.dll (by Search Module) - SBWatchman (Search Module Update Service)
  • smci32.dll (by Search Module)
  • smci64.dll
  • smfi32.dll
  • smfi64.dll
  • smoi32.dll
  • smoi64.dll
  • smri32.dll
  • smri64.dll
  • smw.sys - sbw
  • smei32.dll - W
  • smei64.dll
  • (Malware detected) smu.exe
  • resourceToolCommandLine.exe
  • SMUninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • Updater.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named SMWUpd.
  • smu.exe runs as a service named 'Search Module Update' (SMUpd).

How do I remove Search module?

You can uninstall Search module 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 module, 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 module.
  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) 50%
Win 8.1 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 75%
Keep it 25%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 52.76%
Windows 10 38.34%
Windows Vista 6.60%
Windows XP 2.30%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 33.85%
Windows 8.1 25.27%
Windows 7 Professional 8.89%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.18%
Windows 8 6.40%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.08%

Distribution by countryGeography

85.32% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 85.32%
  Canada 5.52%
  United Kingdom 0.99%
  Indonesia 0.69%
  India 0.69%
  Malaysia 0.49%
  Australia 0.39%
  Chile 0.30%
  Czech Republic 0.30%
  IQ 0.30%
  MA 0.30%
  United Arab Emirates 0.20%
  DZ 0.20%
  Egypt 0.20%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 39.84%
Dell 23.54%
Toshiba 11.87%
ASUS 7.65%
Acer 7.04%
Lenovo 4.02%
Samsung 2.82%
Apple 0.60%
Gateway 0.60%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 6.37%
HP 15 Notebook PC 4.12%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 4.12%
TOSHIBA Satellite C55-A 3.75%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.62%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.25%


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