What is SearchEngineProtection.exe?

The genuine SearchEngineProtection.exe file is a software component of GamesBar by Oberon Media.
SearchEngineProtection.exe is an executable file that is associated with GamesBar, a free toolbar (add-on) for Internet Explorer that provides access to various free online games. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. GamesBar has been reported as being a malicious software that displays ads. GamesBar is also able to scan the computer for personal information and send it across the Internet to third parties. This is done without user permission. Symptoms of a computer being infected by GamesBar include files reappearing after being removed, missing registry entries, pop ups and banner ads, changes in the internet settings, dramatically reduced system speed. It is recommended to use an advanced malware removal tool to remove GamesBar.

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 SearchEngineProtection.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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SearchEngineProtection.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with SearchEngineProtection
SearchEngineProtection.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as SearchEngineProtection.exe belongs to software Search Engine Protection by Oberon Media (

Description: SearchEngineProtection.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SearchEngineProtection.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 620,480 bytes (48% of all occurrences), 591,248 bytes and 5 more variants. 
SearchEngineProtection.exe is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). It is digitally signed. The file is a Verisign signed file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. SearchEngineProtection.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with SearchEngineProtection.exe, you can also do the following:
  • search for help on the company's website
  • safely remove the program using the uninstall program of GamesBar (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)

Recommended: Identify SearchEngineProtection.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SearchEngineProtection.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the SearchEngineProtection.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.


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Summary: Average user rating of SearchEngineProtection.exe: based on 2 votes with 1 user comment. One user thinks SearchEngineProtection.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving SearchEngineProtection issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with SearchEngineProtection. 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 SearchEngineProtection.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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