How to remove the WhenUSearch Module malware

Most antivirus programs classify search.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for instance potentially unwanted program Generic PUP (detected by McAfee), and W32.Stration.DL@mm or Adware.WhenUSearchBar (detected by Symantec). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated WhenUSearch Module software, it's no surprise. In most cases, this kind of adware is installed on the side when you install a freeware product like a Youtube Downloader or a PDF Converter. In the following selection, you can read more about WhenUSearch Module and how to get rid of it.

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Search.dll file information

The process known as WhenUSearch Module or Search Bar belongs to software BhoNew Module or 1search by 1search or Search Bar.

Description: Search.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Search.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 242,040 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 243,264 bytes or 49,152 bytes. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include BA2325ED-F9EB-4830-8FCE-0BC35B16969B or 0CB66BA8-5E1F-4963-93D1-E1D6B78F0212. The program has no visible window. It is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. Search.dll is not a Windows system file. The service has no detailed description. The file is a Verisign signed file. Search.dll is certified by a trustworthy company. Search.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with search.dll come up, you can also uninstall the software DAEMON Tools SearchBar or DAEMON Tools WhenU SearchBar using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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If search.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 76% dangerous. The file size is 95,024 bytes. There is no file information. The program is not visible. It monitors program starts. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. There is no detailed description of this service. The file is not a Windows system file.

Important: You should check the search.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If WhenUSearch Module 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 ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Spyware program installed usually with a license agreement. Uses computer resources and slows down your comp. You will never use this program but it will remain running in the background.
is likely spyware and as such, presents a serious vulnerability which should be fixed immediately! Delaying the removal of search.exe may cause serious harm to your system and will likely cause a number of problems, such as slow performance, loss of data or leaking private information.
  coboye   (further information)
keypict photo search.dll is a Keypict Photo Search.dll belonging to Keypict Photo Search from Keypict

Summary: Average user rating of search.dll: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think search.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving search issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active search process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the search.dll 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 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

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