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Whitesmoke Search Protect


Whitesmoke Search Protect is a software program developed by WhiteSmoke. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. The primary executable is named whitesmoke.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 6 files and is usually about 1.96 MB (2,056,835 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of those who have this installed, most are running it on Windows 7 (SP1). Most users that have installed this software come from the United States.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Whitesmoke Search Protect.
whitesmoke.exe (1447ec925e8c43d6716529cf4fd0179c) has been flagged by the following 12 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
avast! 2014.9-141121 Win32:Malware-gen
AVG 2015.0.3284 Montiera
AVware Montiera (fs)
Baidu-International PUA.Win32.Montiera.BL
ESET-NOD32 8.10415 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Montiera.L
G Data 14.11.24 Win32.Trojan.Agent.11FF2B
Malwarebytes v2014.11.21.12 PUP.Optional.PayByAds.A
McAfee 5600.6940 Artemis!1447EC925E8C
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.6940 Artemis
Sophos 4.98 PayByAds
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.325 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0912
VIPRE Antivirus 33110 Montiera (fs)
Whitesmoke Search Protect 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

Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\local\whitesmoke\whitesmoke\
Uninstaller: "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\whitesmoke\whitesmoke\\whtsmksetup.exe" /uninstl
Estimated size: 1.96 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Whitesmoke Search Protect

Program executable:whitesmoke.exe (Malware detected)
Additional files:
  • efRoljoj.dll
  • jkficEIc.dll
  • res.dll (by Pay By Ads LTD)
  • whtsmksetup.exe (by Pay By Ads LTD)
  • sqlite.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • whitesmoke.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Whitesmoke Search Protect' and executes as C:\users\user\appdata\Local\whitesmoke\whitesmoke\\whitesmoke.exe.

How do I remove Whitesmoke Search Protect?

You can uninstall Whitesmoke Search Protect 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 Whitesmoke Search Protect, 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 Whitesmoke Search Protect.
  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.

Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 82%
Keep it 18%
Windows 7 (SP1)

Distribution by countryGeography

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

About (from WhiteSmoke)

WhiteSmoke is a world-leading company in the field of English writing technologies, with a focus on products that enhance and correct grammar, spelling, and writing style.
Publisher URL: www.whitesmoke.com


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