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 SearchProtection.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.
The process known as Search Protection or Yahoo! Application
belongs to software Search Protection or Yahoo! Search Protection or Visicom Media or Sony on Yahoo! Essentials 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 10/8/7/XP are 111,856 bytes (61% of all occurrences), 943,016 bytes and 12 more variants.
It is not a Windows system file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run). The program is not visible. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. SearchProtection.EXE is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
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If SearchProtection.EXE is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 40% dangerous. The file size is 832,360 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 740,712 bytes and 11 more variants. The SearchProtection.EXE file is a Verisign signed file. The SearchProtection.EXE file is certified by a trustworthy company. The file is not a Windows system file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run). The program has no visible window. SearchProtection.EXE is able to monitor applications.
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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with SearchProtection. 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 SearchProtection.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.