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 Effective File Search by (

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 10/8/7/XP are 304,504 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 305,728 bytes, 1,325,056 bytes or 946,176 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. Search.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, connect to the Internet and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ DAEMON Tools SearchBar or DAEMON Tools WhenU 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. There is no file information. 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 Mal/Generic-L (detected by Sophos), and Adware:Win32/WhenU.B (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the search.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If WhenUSearch 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

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
gta san andreas
Unter Win 10 will es Rechte an Mikro und Kamera

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of search.exe: based on 9 votes with 10 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. 2 users think search.exe is dangerous and recommend 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 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.

To help you analyze the search.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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