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What is SearchProtection.exe?

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.

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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 8/7/XP are 111,856 bytes (52% of all occurrences), 224,248 bytes and 8 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/searchprotection.exe.html 
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. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous; however you should also read the user 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: Run, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\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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User Comments

searchprotection.exe comes with Yahoo.
  Mike  
Searchprotection.exe also comes with adaware from lavasoft. Seems to check searches at securesearch.lavasoft.com.
  JuergenK  
Nod 32 define it as possible trojan. Im not using anything that is connected to yahoo or have anything yahoo instaled. I will remove it.
  Black  
Changes the default search engine to yahoo in firefox - without user's permission. Hides itself. No useful function, tricky stealth technique: must be deleted.
  Bence  
Appears to be yahoo adware. Had an uninstall.exe next to it. So I ran it.
  Robert Russell  
File is related to Spigot Inc and their software.
  Stac   (further information)
it forcibly sets your home page and default search engine in all browsers. Starts up automatically and doesn't let you change it back.
  Ben Jorem  
Not needed even if it not malware it's just running an wasting memory
  John  
It causes the CPU to max out and the computer locks up
  Jack Ywazel  
Was responsible for 50% CPU usage causing other programs to Drive CPU close to 100% and hence computer was running slow
  Chris  
Un-wanted, Un-needed BS
  The Old Man  
Bogs down my system.
  Dan  
Adware
  C Irving  
Constantly changes, without permission, default search engine in Chrome, Firefox, and IE.
  Zak  
Also changes default search engine in chrome. I never installed it nor gave it permissions. Not malicious, but annoying.
  Ghost  
Changes search engine and search engine list in Firefox. Changes can't be made until program is uninstalled. Comes with it's own uninstaller, which seems to work. Annoying, but not dangerous.
   
Changed the default search engine to yahoo in firefox, internet explorer and google chrome. Safe was only opera. Btw, this programme does it without user's permission and hides itself. Must be deleted.
  Yasumy  
Searchprotection.exe and new yahoo search setings for firefox comes with utorrent 3.3.2.30303 update. All without your permission.
  DGR  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of SearchProtection.exe: based on 25 votes with 18 user comments. One user thinks SearchProtection.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 10 users think SearchProtection.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade SearchProtection.exe ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving SearchProtection issues

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 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.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: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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