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Should I remove SearchOffModule?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
79% remove it21% keep it
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How common is it?
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What is SearchOffModule?

The SearchOffModule browser adware interferes with your Internet browsing by taking control over your browser on the web pages you attempt to view. It does this by injecting advertisements that would normally not appear on the web page, which may include search links, text links, video, product comparisons and reviews, coupons, graphics or banners, or other content displayed through your browser. If there is an offer which matches your online behavior, you will receive a pop up notification while using Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. It does this on any web page you visit by tracking your online behavior and feeding this back to its remote ad servers.


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). 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 main program executable is smw.sys. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 10 files and is usually about 5.31 MB (5,570,807 bytes). Updater.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Starts automatically
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • The wisdom of the crowd agrees, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in SearchOffModule.
smw.sys (bfa7e63ff5e61f26e5b4126fad2da897) has been flagged by the following 13 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2015.07.20 PUP/Win32.ShopperPro
Antiy-AVL GrayWare[AdWare:not-a-virus]/Win32.Shopper
AVG 2016.0.3015 Generic
AVware Goobzo (fs)
Bkav FE W32.HfsAdware
Dr.Web Adware.Shopper.866
ESET-NOD32 9.11967 a variant of Win32/ShopperPro.C potentially unwanted
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. PUA.ShopperPro
Jiangmin KV150816 AdWare/Shopper.kp
Malwarebytes v2015.08.16.07 PUP.Optional.Goobzo.SID.A
SUPERAntiSpyware 9687 Adware.ShopperPro/Variant
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.Shopper
VIPRE Antivirus 42164 Goobzo (fs)
       View all 13 all detections
SearchOffModule 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: Goobzo
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\common files\goobzo\gbupdate
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Goobzo\GBUpdate\smUninstall.exe
Estimated size: 5.31 MB

Program filesFiles installed by SearchOffModule

Program executable:smw.sys (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\common files\goobzo\gbupdate\smw.sys
Additional files:
  • Updater.exe - Update Helper
  • smci32.dll (by Search Module) - SBWatchman (Search Module Update Service)
  • sma.exe - W (agent)
  • smu.exe (by Search Module)
  • rlz_id.dll
  • SBIEBrowserHelperObject.dll
  • smi32.exe
  • smp.exe
  • SMUninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

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

How do I remove SearchOffModule?

You can uninstall SearchOffModule 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 SearchOffModule, 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 SearchOffModule.
  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.

Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 79%
Keep it 21%
Windows 10

Distribution by countryGeography

100.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 100.00%


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