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 SearchSettings.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 Settings application or Search Settings (version v1.2.3) or YouTube Downloader Toolbar (version v4.9)
belongs to software Search Settings or Widgi Toolbar or YouTube Downloader Toolbar or Vuze Remote Toolbar or IObit Apps Toolbar or Search.com Toolbar
by Spigot (www.spigot.com) or Vendio Services (www.vendio.com) or CBS Interactiv.
Description: SearchSettings.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SearchSettings.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 991,584 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 974,848 bytes and 10 more variants.
The file is not a Windows core file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. SearchSettings.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
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If SearchSettings.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 31% dangerous. The file size is 526,336 bytes (13% of all occurrences), 534,880 bytes and 26 more variants. The program has no visible window. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows core file. It is digitally signed. It is a Verisign signed file. SearchSettings.exe is able to monitor applications.
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SearchSettings.exe. Therefore, you should check the SearchSettings.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 SearchSettings. 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.
To help you analyze the SearchSettings.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.