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.
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.
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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 ▾
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.