Most antivirus programs identify SearchProtect32.dll as malware—e.g. Symantec identifies it as PUA.SearchProtect or SearchProtect, and TrendMicro identifies it as ADW_IEPLUGIN or ADW_SPROTECT.
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Description: SearchProtect32.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file SearchProtect32.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 91,248 bytes (54% of all occurrences), 85,504 bytes, 94,088 bytes, 90,624 bytes or 92,272 bytes.
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. SearchProtect32.dll is not a Windows system file. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: AppInit_DLLs). It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. There is no detailed description of this service. The file has a digital signature. Therefore the technical security rating is 63% dangerous.
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Important: You should check the SearchProtect32.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Skytech 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 ▾
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active SearchProtect32 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the SearchProtect32.dll 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 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.