What is search.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the search.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Search.exe file information

The process known as WhenUSearch belongs to software DAEMON Tools WhenU SearchBar or DAEMON Tools SearchBar or WhenUSearch by ( or WHENU.COM INC.

Description: Search.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file search.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 305,728 bytes (55% of all occurrences), 304,504 bytes, 1,325,056 bytes, 946,176 bytes or 350,856 bytes. 
Search.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The search.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ DAEMON Tools WhenU SearchBar or DAEMON Tools SearchBar.

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If search.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 1,325,056 bytes. The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The search.exe file is not a Windows core file. Search.exe is able to connect to the Internet and record keyboard and mouse inputs.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name search.exe, for example Adware.WhenUSearchBar (detected by Symantec), and ADW_WHENU.AU or Adware_WhenU (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the search.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

I think it shows ads. maybe the link is something else..
  Bas van den eijnden   (further information)
Die Datei ist meiner Meinung nach harmlos, nur nervend, da sie rel. viel Speicher in Anspruch nimmt.
Peachtree Accounting 2006
This comes when u install daemon tools. They say it's not spyware ...
it over powers my other programs
crack invisible browsing 7.5
  shervin   (further information)
bot auto answer for nimbuzz
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of search.exe: based on 8 votes with 9 user comments. One user thinks search.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks search.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving search issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with search. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the search.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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