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Should I remove Yahoo! Search Protection?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
56% remove it44% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,035
United States Rank #2,304
Reach 0.1936%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 19.38 days
571.68 days >
Average installed length: 300.38 days

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Yahoo! Search Protection

What is Yahoo! Search Protection?

When a third party attempts to change Yahoo! as your default search engine, Yahoo! Search Protection will ask you to confirm the change and will prevent the change until you confirm it. When enabled, Yahoo! Search Protection logs changes you make to your default search settings as well as third party attempts to change your default search engine settings. If you choose to modify your default search engine from Yahoo! to another engine, Yahoo! Search Protection will automatically be disabled. Yahoo! Search Protection will be re-enabled and protect your default search engine if you change your default search engine back to Yahoo!.

About  (from Yahoo!)

Yahoo! Search Protection alerts you if an attempt is made to change your default browser search engine from Yahoo!. Yahoo! Search Protection is provided as an additional service to Yahoo! users through the installation process of the Yahoo! Toolbar and Yahoo! Messenger downloads. Yahoo! Search Protection only works wi...  Read more
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
Yahoo! Search Protection 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

URL: info.yahoo.com/privacy/us/yahoo/srchprotect
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\yahoo!\search protection
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files1\Yahoo!\SEARCH~1\UNINST~1.EXE
Estimated size: 513.57 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Yahoo! Search Protection

Program executable:yspservice.exe
Name:Yahoo! Search Protection
Path:C:\Program Files\yahoo!\search protection\yspservice.exe
Additional files:
  • fdLoad.dll - fdLoad Dynamic Link Library (fdLoad Dynamic Link Library)
  • ysp.dll - Yahoo! Search Protection
  • SearchProtection.exe - Search Protection (Yahoo! Application)
  • uninst_ysp.exe - Yahoo! Search Protection Uninstall Setup
  • uninst_ysp_main.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • ysp.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Yahooo Search Protection' with the class of {25BC7718-0BFA-40EA-B381-4B2D9732D686} (YSPManager).
Internet Explorer Extension
  • ysp.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {BBF74FB9-ABCD-4678-880A-2511DAABB5E1}.
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • YspService.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'YSearchProtection' and executes as C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Search Protection\YspService.exe.
  • SearchProtection.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Search Protection' and executes as C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Search Protection\SearchProtection.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • SearchProtection.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'YSearchProtection' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Search Protection\SearchProtection.exe".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000833746%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00007531%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00000807%
0.015104% average
I/O reads/min:36 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:2.8 MB
Kernel CPU:0.00006723%

How do I remove Yahoo! Search Protection?

You can uninstall Yahoo! Search Protection 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 Yahoo! Search Protection, 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 Yahoo! Search Protection.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Yahoo! Search Protection you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win Vista (SP2) 36%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 56%
Keep it 44%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 40.94%
Windows 7 37.74%
Windows XP 14.43%
Windows 10 6.86%
Windows Server 2003 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 33.47%
Windows 7 Home Premium 23.43%
Microsoft Windows XP 14.24%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.56%
Windows Vista Home Basic 5.52%
Windows 7 Professional 4.02%

Distribution by countryGeography

62.07% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 62.07%
  United Kingdom 6.05%
  Canada 3.84%
  India 3.24%
  Italy 2.56%
  Romania 2.28%
  France 1.87%
  Philippines 1.76%
  Australia 1.56%
  Indonesia 1.42%
  MA 0.94%
  United Arab Emirates 0.80%
  DZ 0.74%
  Iran 0.74%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 37.50%
Dell 24.09%
Acer 14.86%
Toshiba 9.18%
Intel 2.52%
ASUS 2.06%
American Megatrends 1.64%
Gateway 1.41%
Lenovo 1.30%
Sahara 1.30%
Samsung 0.99%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 530 4.89%
Dell Inspiron 1545 4.63%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.12%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.03%
Dell Inspiron 1525 3.69%
HP G60 Notebook PC 3.43%

About Yahoo!

Yahoo! is a major internet brand that provides search, contents, and other web services.
Publisher URL: www.yahoo.com


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