84,488,480 programs installed

Should I remove SearchDonkey?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
72% remove it28% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #9,329
United States Rank #4,799
Reach 0.0401%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 18.12 days
534.49 days >
Average installed length: 280.83 days


2.7.21 1.26%
2.7.13 7.96%
2.6.79 1.01%
2.6.71 5.06%
2.6.63 2.78%
2.6.53 1.77%
2.6.49 13.78%
2.6.43 4.55%
2.6.17 13.40%
2.6.14 10.75%
2.6.0 0.38%
2.5.91 35.65%
2.5.87 1.64%


What is SearchDonkey?

Search Donkey is a potentially unwanted application that plugs into a user's web browser distributed by Western Web Applications, LLC. It bundles as well as includes various advertising schemes such as contextual links, popovers and popunders.

As described by Western Web Applications: "Search Donkey is entirely free to use. In order to keep Search Donkey free, we've partnered with high-quality ad providers and you may see additional ads when Search Donkey is installed. We do not allow any really annoying ads, sexual content, or intrusive media; we've only partnered with high-quality ad providers to deliver the best user experience possible, while also trying to help with some of our costs to keep Search Donkey free. These offers make it more efficient to search the web by providing you with multiple places to search from (an additional search field, your home page or via opening a new browser tab). Included with these toolbars are typically widgets that provide new ways to access your favorite websites, social networking platforms and news sources. They also may offer general utility widgets like getting real-time weather data and streaming your radio station of choice. At any point, if you decide to uninstall Search Donkey, instructions for how to uninstall additional offers will also be provided."

About  (from WebAppTech Coding)

Search Donkey, the Internet search tool that keeps track of your search results, so you don't have to visit the same Web pages twice. Then allows you to mark those that interest you. Your use Search Donkey when searching for the following information? Your clients; are your clients or potential clients offering new ten...  Read more
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Known to reinstall itself
  • Known to include offers within the setup
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • This program has a poor reputation
  • 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 SearchDonkey.
common.dll (0a475ad8bce941a9be599ea0f0d3511f) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AVG 2014.0.3481 Skodna.Generic_r
Dr.Web Adware.Plugin.36
ESET-NOD32 7.8749 a variant of Win32/ExFriendAlert.B
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.178 TROJ_GEN.F47V0321
VIPRE Antivirus 21058 SearchDonkey (fs)
SearchDonkey has been seen bundling various 3rd party software during the installation process. Make sure to check for and remove unused programs.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.searchdonkeyapp.com
Help link: www.searchdonkeyapp.com/about.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\searchdonkey
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\SearchDonkey\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 1.14 MB

Program filesFiles installed by SearchDonkey

Program module:common.dll (Malware detected)
Signed by:WebAppTech Coding LLC
Path:C:\Program Files\searchdonkey\IE\common.dll
Additional files:
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • common.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'SearchDonkey' with the class of {44ed99e2-16a6-4b89-80d6-5b21cf42e78b}.

How do I remove SearchDonkey?

You can uninstall SearchDonkey 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 SearchDonkey, 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 SearchDonkey.
  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 SearchDonkey you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 59%
Win 7 0%
Uninstall it 72%
Keep it 28%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 62.25%
Windows 10 26.39%
Windows Vista 7.32%
Windows XP 4.04%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 46.51%
Windows 8 13.21%
Windows 8.1 8.39%
Windows 7 Professional 7.37%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.48%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.72%

Distribution by countryGeography

92.75% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 92.75%
  United Kingdom 1.63%
  Germany 1.39%
  Canada 0.98%
  Australia 0.81%
  Iran 0.49%
  India 0.49%
  France 0.33%
  Brazil 0.33%
  SY 0.16%
  Saudi Arabia 0.16%
  Spain 0.08%
  MN 0.08%
  Netherlands 0.08%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 41.61%
Dell 21.81%
Acer 12.58%
Toshiba 10.91%
ASUS 5.20%
Lenovo 2.85%
Samsung 1.68%
Intel 1.01%
Gateway 0.67%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 8.68%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.19%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.99%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.99%
Gateway NE56R 2.99%
HP G60 Notebook PC 2.69%

comments3 comments

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grumpyover a year ago
Seems nothing uninstalls it, not this great app or remove programs and Mcfee detected something amiss with it. Could it be behind some of my PC problems go slows etc. I am now wondering
user comment
grumpyover a year ago
I have to uninstall this at least once a day
user comment
dwebover a year ago
WARNING: This does not usually show up as SearchDonkey. My partner finally tracked the thing down when she discovered it was called Updater. If you go into uninstall and ADD/REMOVE programs, look for Updater it will show that the program was created by WebAppTech