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What is SearchSettings.exe?

SearchSettings.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 SearchSettings.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.


SearchSettings.exe file information

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 IObit Apps Toolbar or Vuze Remote 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 7/XP are 991,584 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 974,848 bytes and 9 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/searchsettings.exe.html 
The file is not a Windows core file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\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 users reviews.
You have the option to remove the entire program Search Settings or YouTube Downloader Toolbar using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify SearchSettings.exe related errors

If SearchSettings.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 30% dangerous. The file size is 526,336 bytes (14% of all occurrences), 534,880 bytes and 22 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: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\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.
You have the option to remove the entire program pdfforge Toolbar or YouTube Downloader Toolbar using Windows Control Panel.

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.



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User Comments

tries to install every time I open a folder.
  Chris Dark  
It want to change the default search engine to Yahoo (with Bing search algorythms), which was recently bought by Microsoft, so their goal is to become more popular than Google... It can easily be removed by using the Add/Remove software in the control panel.
  Raphael J.   (further information)
It is maleware and is often called dealio, hijacks your search settings
   
I suspect it is a trojan and it is sending all the information of the web sites I visit.
  Lisa  
it try redirect http request to it's own homepage, it modify internet explorer settings and came with other adware like shitty browser or toolbar... Should Delete it like a malware
  IT technician fred  
Kept causing Windows to freeze, didn't install it, had no idea why it was there, PC more stable since removal
  HeathenDominion  
SearchSettings.exe is generally considered malware (Trojan) and should be removed. It is a product of Vendio Services and has been reported to hijack your search toolbar to Yahoo. It has been known to install during some shareware and freeware program installations. It has also been reported under the name of Dealio toolbar.
  Mike   (further information)
SearchSettings.exe is just a small utility that comes with Yahoo appliations and tries to update Yahoo functionalities while setting the default search engine to Yahoo. More annoying than anything else. Disable it from your startup programs and it will never bother you again.
  Francois Demers  
Hi, my name is Laurentiu and I work for Spigot. I am here to provide information about how to remove searchsettings.exe. Please take a look here: http://www.spigot.com/remove-search-settings.html Please contact me from our website http://www.spigot.com/contact.html if you need more help. Thank you.
  Laurentiu   (further information)
The file is safe.
  Laurentiu   (further information)
It runs continuously, blocking your attempts to change your default search engine: it keeps setting it back to Yahoo
  GreenAsJade  
I have had to remove this "Pestware" several times now. It appears when you start up your computer with a magnifying glass saying there was an attempt to change your search settings. The start up init is SpiBot. I believe that it may come from Yahoo tool bar updates. What I am certain of is that I have never requested the installation of it.Here is a link to help remove it. www.spigot.com/remove-search-settings.html I hope this helps.
  rodneyp   (further information)
Downloads itself without permission with a YouTubedownloader Toolbar (toolbar is NOT necessary for YouTubedownloader to run!) and then simply makes your browsers - if you have more than one installed and several tabs on each open - literally crawl! Is installed by a company called "spigot" and as soon as I uninstalled everything in program files and regedit that had to do with "spigot", mu computer started working again normally, read 10 times faster. This is nasty little malware that ionstalls itself without your permission! Look out!
  Margot  
I found my PC was running in full CPU power, and SearchSettings.exe alone was at 40 ~ 50% of CPU power!
  Tony Ng, Malaysia  
It was installed with Yahoo messenger (without my permission) and was consuming 30-50% of my CPU when the Internet Explorer was running and was also running after quiting the IE. It not only took statistics of my Search Engine but was also trying to set Yahoo as the default search Engine.
  Dimitris G.  
Take, use and / or consumed at, 25% of the CPU in my Laptop
  ric200111  
Known name of a variant of DarkComet trojan
  Anonymous  
I had just the same problem.. SearchSettings.exe 33% process rate.. I just removed YouTube Downloader Toolbar (YTD) and now it is gone
   
I deleted the Spigot folder, toolbar, AND downloader, SearchSettings comes right back. I am not pleased.
  LunarDash  
This nasty little code slowed down all my applications which use an internet connection by a degree of 10. So it's for sure the program is sending information the whole time! A golden tip: Press ctrl-alt-del and check all of your system tasks, then google them 1 by 1 to get to know about them. Some might act like windows core files!
  drezzel  
Installed with YouTubeDownloader
  Joe  
Programme which installs itself and rewires your internet brower to set Yahoo as default browser. Causes stability issues in Windows 7. No useful function, essentially malign.
  Vince  
It is not listed in add/remove under it's own name, so one must figure out what name it is using to remove it. Spyware installed without my knowledge or permission, company claims not malware, uh huh.
  Gina Jordan  
Constantly changes Firefox search engines, making yandex.ru default search engine.
   
The file came with a toolbar i installed and it's safe. I've managed to remove it from my PC following the instructions provided here: www.spigot.com/remove-search-settings.html
  Sam   (further information)
The uninstall asks for Admin permissions Sounds very dangerous
  David Coulter  
installed itself. Not wanted. i would class as malware because of this
  Kai  
it's a peace of crap and if you hawe it in your computer kill it !!!
  Hinuk Mattila  

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Summary: Average user rating of SearchSettings.exe: based on 40 votes with 28 user comments.
2 users think SearchSettings.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 12 users suspect danger. 18 users think SearchSettings.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade SearchSettings.exe ("not sure about it").


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