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What percent of users and experts removed it?
86% remove it14% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,655
United States Rank #3,039
Reach 0.4169%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 27.20 days
802.46 days >
Average installed length: 421.63 days


VersionDistribution 0.30% 0.01% 0.66% 2.65% 0.15% 0.07% 5.56% 1.62% 1.01% 0.40% 1.18% 0.06% 1.19% 1.39% 0.73% 0.05% 6.98% 0.09% 2.59% 11.16% 0.01% 0.01% 0.16% 1.36% 0.78% 0.26% 0.21% 0.12% 0.41% 3.75% 2.39% 5.52% 2.20% 1.18% 0.14% 0.80% 2.39% 7.71% 4.62% 1.65% 4.34% 1.94% 8.07% 5.17% 4.74% 2.23%

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Settings Manager

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What is Settings Manager?

This is an adware web browser add-on that injects advertising in the user's browser as well as hijacks various browser settings such as the home page, search provider and new tab page.


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 Internet Explorer Settings.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 56 files and is usually about 21.2 MB (22,228,962 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Known to include offers within the setup
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Settings Manager.
SystemkService.exe (761022f4db5fe64a24dabb6fb2f11822) has been flagged by the following 27 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 912 Adware.Agent.OGE
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 PUA.Toolbar.SearchSuite
Antiy-AVL RiskWare[WebToolbar:not-a-virus]/Win64.SearchSuite
avast! 2014.9-140807 Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]
AVG 2015.0.3390 Toolbar.SearchSuite
Baidu-International PUA.Win32.SearchSuite.bD
Bitdefender Adware.Agent.OGE
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Agent.OGE
ESET-NOD32 8.10181 probably a variant of Win32/Toolbar.SearchSuite.D
Fortinet FortiGate 8/7/2014 Riskware/Win64_SearchSuite
F-Prot v6. W32/SearchSuite.A.gen
F-Secure 11.2014-07-08_5 Adware.Agent.OGE
G Data 14.8.24 Adware.Agent.OGE
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. PUA.Toolbar.SearchSuite
K7 AntiVirus 13.181.12898 Trojan
K7GW 13.181.12898 Trojan ( 0049c77d1 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win64.SearchSuite
Malwarebytes v2014.08.07.10 PUP.Optional.SystemK.A
McAfee 5600.7046 Artemis!761022F4DB5F
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7046 Artemis!761022F4DB5F
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Agent.OGE
nProtect Adware.Agent.OGE
Panda Antivirus Trj/Chgt.C
Qihoo-360 Win32/Virus.WebToolbar.d3d
Sophos 4.98 SearchSuite
Symantec 8/7/2014 rev. 5 Trojan.Semnager
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.219 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0716
       View all 27 all detections
Settings Manager has been seen bundling various 3rd party software during the installation process. Make sure to check for and remove unused programs.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Aztec Media Inc
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\settings manager\systemk
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Settings Manager\systemk\Uninstall.exe /browser=all
Estimated size: 21.2 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Settings Manager

Program executable:Internet Explorer Settings.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\settings manager\systemk\Internet Explorer Settings.exe
Additional files:
  • del_IEBHO_nsr392.dll - Systemkbho Module (systemkbho)
  • del_IEBHO_nsvF2AC.dll
  • systemkbho.dll
  • (Malware detected) SystemkService.exe - Systemk Service
  • tbicon.exe - SettingsManager (Browse and Search the Internet)
  • Uninstall.exe - Settings Manager Uninstall
  • del_DM_DLL_nse40AE.dll - SystemK Module
  • del_DM_DLL_nsi24B6.dll
  • del_DM_DLL_nsrD775.dll
  • del_DM_DLL_nsuBF3F.dll
  • del_DM_DLL_nsvF2AC.dll
  • smdmf.dll
  • systemk.dll
  • systemku.exe
  • Helper.dll
  • Internet Explorer Settings.exe
  • sysapcrt.dll
  • syskldr.dll
  • syskldr_u.dll
  • systemkChrome.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • SystemkService.exe runs as a service named 'Systemk Service2' (SystemkService2) "Serving SystemK modules functionality".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:5.33 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0018350327%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00078725%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00104778%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:4,604,578
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:982 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:7.55 KB
105.02 KB average
Memory:4.07 MB
Total CPU:0.0018833949%
Kernel CPU:0.00106569%
User CPU:0.00081770%
CPU cycles/sec:218,725
I/O reads/min:30.55 KB
I/O writes/min:964 Bytes

How do I remove Settings Manager?

Quickly and completely remove Settings Manager from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Download Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’Remove Settings Manager from your computer.
Or, you can uninstall Settings Manager 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Settings Manager, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 Settings Manager.
  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.
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Win 7 (SP1) 45%
Win 10 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 86%
Keep it 14%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 55.28%
Windows 10 34.56%
Windows XP 7.21%
Windows Vista 2.94%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 23.03%
Windows 7 Home Premium 16.06%
Windows 8.1 13.72%
Windows 7 Professional 11.92%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.19%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.53%

Distribution by countryGeography

25.71% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 25.71%
  MA 5.11%
  India 4.48%
  United Kingdom 3.37%
  DZ 3.29%
  Italy 3.20%
  Egypt 2.60%
  Saudi Arabia 2.24%
  Belgium 2.13%
  France 2.09%
  Philippines 1.86%
  Canada 1.81%
  IQ 1.79%
  Netherlands 1.79%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.03%
Dell 20.06%
Acer 18.97%
ASUS 8.70%
Toshiba 7.84%
Lenovo 4.86%
Samsung 4.22%
Intel 1.83%
American Megatrends 0.88%
Sahara 0.84%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.27%
Dell Inspiron 3521 5.71%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 4.08%
HP 15 Notebook PC 3.93%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.67%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 3.06%


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