What is SearchSettings.dll?

The genuine SearchSettings.dll file is a software component of Spigot Toolbar by Spigot.
SearchSettings.dll is a DLL file (Dynamic Link Library) and a BHO (Browser Helper Object) associated with the Spigot Toolbar. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. The Spigot Toolbar installs itself on to Internet Explorer and redirect the browser to as Spigot receives a monetary payment for each search a user performs through the toolbar. The Spigot Toolbar also prevents other programs from modifying the web browsers search and home page settings. This product is typically bundled with various 3rd party products. Spigot is a developer of add-ons and extensions for browsers. The company also develops mobile applications and monetization components for software developers. Spigot was founded in 2008 in Silicon Valley, California, USA. It has branch offices in eastern Europe and on the western coast of the US with customers and partners located worldwide.

SearchSettings stands for Spigot Search Settings for Internet Explorer

SearchSettings.dll is a browser extension for Internet Explorer. This add-on enables several additional functions for Internet Explorer. You can disable it through the Extras menu (key combination Alt + X) under Manage Add-ons. The following paragraph provides more information about Search Settings IE.

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SearchSettings.dll file information

The process known as Search Settings IE or Search Settings module for Internet Explorer or Search Settings (version v1.2.3) or Dealio Toolbar (version v4.0.2) or YouTube Downloader Toolbar (version v1.0)

belongs to software Search Settings or pdfforge Toolbar or YouTube Downloader Toolbar

by Spigot ( or Vendio Services ( or GreenTree Applications.

Description: SearchSettings.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file SearchSettings.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,109,504 bytes (44% of all occurrences), 1,111,904 bytes and 8 more variants. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include E312764E-7706-43F1-8DAB-FCDD2B1E416D. The program has no visible window. The SearchSettings.dll file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The service has no detailed description. It is not a Windows core file. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. SearchSettings.dll is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 49% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with SearchSettings.dll, you may want to uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Search Settings or pdfforge Toolbar).

Recommended: Identify SearchSettings.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SearchSettings.dll. Therefore, you should check the SearchSettings.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Search Settings IE 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.


User Comments

Gute Info bei euch! Bei mir verursacht das Programm schäden und ist sehr nervig, am besten gleich deinstallieren!
  Davis S  
searchsettings.dll is part of either Dealio toolbar or pdfforge toolbar located either in %ProgramFiles%\dealio toolbar\searchsettings.dll or %ProgramFiles%\pdfforge toolbar\searchsettings.dll

Summary: Average user rating of SearchSettings.dll: based on 5 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think SearchSettings.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks SearchSettings.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving SearchSettings issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active SearchSettings process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the SearchSettings.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 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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