What is SearchProtection.exe?
SearchProtection.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if SearchProtection.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.
SearchProtection.exe file information
The process known as Yahoo! Application or Search Protection belongs to software Yahoo! Search Protection or Search Protection or Sony on Yahoo! Essentials or Visicom Media or Yahoo! Suche Schutzvorkehrung by Yahoo! (www.yahoo.com) or Spigot (www.spigot.com) or Lavasoft (www.lavasoft.com) or Visicom Media (www.visicommedia.com).
Description: SearchProtection.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file SearchProtection.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 111,856 bytes (52% of all occurrences), 224,248 bytes and 8 more variants.
It is not a Windows system file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The program is not visible. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous; however you should also read the users reviews.
You can also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ Yahoo! Search Protection or Yahoo! Suche Schutzvorkehrung.
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If SearchProtection.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 39% dangerous. The file size is 832,360 bytes (48% of all occurrences), 740,712 bytes, 673,192 bytes, 663,400 bytes or 943,016 bytes.
It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The SearchProtection.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run).
SearchProtection.exe is able to monitor applications.
You can also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ Search Protection.
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SearchProtection.exe. Therefore, you should check the SearchProtection.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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