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Should I remove Search module?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
82% remove it18% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,272
United States Rank #3,918
Reach 0.0580%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.10 days
298.06 days >
Average installed length: 156.61 days

Search module

What is Search module?

Search module is a potentially unwanted web browser extension that is ad-supported and will display various popup and banner ads as well as modify the user's web browser search and home page settings. This plugin will update Internet Explorer (as a BHO), Chrome (as an extension) and Firefox (as an add-in). In some cases, the program will monitor a user's behavior (which the user agreed to if they did not read the full EULA) and will inject rival advertisements over existing one or just inject new ones all together. This toolbar is typically bundled by third party download managers/installers or through questionable online ads.


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 un_smw.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 21 files and is usually about 3.74 MB (3,918,431 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Known to reinstall itself
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Search module.
smu.exe (70f8f731c93c0e89c1a40479f45008e8) has been flagged by the following 15 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
avast! 2014.9-140807 Win64:Adware-J [Adw]
AVG 2015.0.3390 Skodna
AVware Goobzo (fs)
Baidu-International Adware.MSIL.SBWatchman.BA
ESET-NOD32 8.10166 a variant of MSIL/SBWatchman.A
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. AdWare.SBWatchman
K7 AntiVirus 13.181.12872 Trojan
K7GW 13.181.12872 Trojan ( 004989e51 )
McAfee 5600.7046 Artemis!70F8F731C93C
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7046 Artemis!70F8F731C93C
Panda Antivirus Adware/Goobzo
Tencent Win32.Trojan.Falsesign.Aiii
Trend Micro 10.465.07 ADW_MSEARCH
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.219 ADW_MSEARCH
VIPRE Antivirus 31696 Goobzo (fs)
       View all 15 all detections
Search module 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 Module
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\common files\goobzo\gbupdate
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Goobzo\GBUpdate\un_smw.exe
Estimated size: 3.74 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Search module

Program executable:un_smw.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\common files\goobzo\gbupdate\un_smw.exe
Additional files:
  • smi32.exe - SBInject Application
  • smi64.exe
  • SBIEBrowserHelperObject.dll (by Search Module) - SBWatchman (Search Module Update Service)
  • sma.exe (by Speedbit) - SBWatchman agent
  • smci32.dll (by Search Module)
  • smci64.dll
  • smfi32.dll
  • smfi64.dll
  • smoi32.dll
  • smoi64.dll
  • (Malware detected) smu.exe
  • smei32.dll - W
  • smei64.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • 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) 51%
Win Vista 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 82%
Keep it 18%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 52.88%
Windows 10 33.77%
Windows Vista 6.89%
Windows XP 6.46%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 38.35%
Windows 8.1 18.39%
Windows 8 11.21%
Windows 7 Professional 7.71%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.39%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.87%

Distribution by countryGeography

91.13% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 91.13%
  Canada 3.75%
  Australia 0.42%
  MA 0.30%
  Brazil 0.30%
  France 0.30%
  Philippines 0.30%
  Iran 0.30%
  Saudi Arabia 0.24%
  Malaysia 0.24%
  United Kingdom 0.24%
  India 0.18%
  Indonesia 0.18%
  Vietnam 0.12%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 34.76%
Dell 25.28%
Acer 17.38%
Toshiba 9.59%
ASUS 5.64%
Lenovo 3.27%
Samsung 1.35%
Intel 0.79%
American Megatrends 0.68%
Common models
Acer Aspire 5733Z 9.66%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 7.82%
Dell Inspiron 3521 4.37%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.68%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.99%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.99%

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Angelover a year ago
I did uninstalled it using your guidance. Thank You.