Most antivirus programs identify msbb.exe as malware—for example Microsoft identifies it as Adware:Win32/180SolutionsNCase, and Symantec identifies it as Adware.180Search.
The msbb.exe file is a software component of Search Assistant by 180Solutions.
Msbb.exe is an executable file created by nCase/Web3000, a browser add-on that displays advertising. This program is listed as adware and spyware as it is also capable of sending sensitive user information across the Internet to the creator's servers. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Applications created by 180solutions are listed as adware and spyware designed to install themselves on computers without user permission. These applications are distributed via various affiliates. Though the affiliate programs were supposed to obtain the permission of the user prior to software installation by law, most did not, resulting in thousands of illegal installations. 180solutions is currently known as Zango. It is an American software company that offers users access to its partners' videos, games, tools and utilities in exchange for watching targeted advertising installed on the user's computer. The company was founded in 1999 originally as ePIPO.
MSBB stands for Module for Seach Assistant Browser Button
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The process known as Search Assistant or msbb appears to belong to software Search Assistant or PAD Lookups by n-CASE or Uninstall (version 180searchAssistant) by 180Solutions (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zango_(company)).
Description: Msbb.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Msbb.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—generally C:\Windows\ or C:\Program Files\180solutions\.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 163,840 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 196,608 bytes.
The program has no visible window. The msbb.exe file is not a Windows system file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The process has no file description. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run, Run). Msbb.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 70% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If msbb.exe is located in the "C:\Program Files" folder, the security rating is 78% dangerous. The file size is 73,728 bytes. Msbb.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. It is not a Windows system file.
If msbb.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 76% dangerous. The file size is 229,376 bytes. The program is not visible. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run, Run). Msbb.exe is not a Windows core file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Msbb.exe is able to monitor applications.
If msbb.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 68% dangerous. The file size is 229,376 bytes.
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There are different files with the same name:
Important: You should check the msbb.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Search Assistant has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active msbb process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the msbb.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.
Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.