How to remove the searchin1 virus

Most antivirus programs identify searchin1.exe as malware—for instance Microsoft identifies it as BrowserModifier:Win32/OneStepSearch, and Kaspersky identifies it as not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.OneStep.z or not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.OneStep.ab.

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Searchin1.exe file information

The process known as SearchInOneStep loader belongs to software SearchInOneStep or Able2Doc Professional by (

Description: Searchin1.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file searchin1.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,584 bytes (58% of all occurrences), 4,608 bytes or 5,120 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 67% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with searchin1.exe, you can also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramSearchInOneStep or Able2Doc Professional.

Recommended: Identify searchin1.exe related errors

Important: You should check the searchin1.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If SearchInOneStep loader 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.


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Best practices for resolving searchin1 issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active searchin1 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the searchin1.exe 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 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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