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 SP.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 Call of Duty®: Black Ops II belongs to software Search Protection or Call of Duty®: Black Ops II or Phoenix R/C by Spigot (www.spigot.com) or Activision Publishing.
Description: SP.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SP.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,128,760 bytes (45% of all occurrences), 892,000 bytes and 11 more variants.
The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The file has a digital signature. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run). The program has no file description. It is a Verisign signed file. SP.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If SP.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 52% dangerous. The file size is 1,128,760 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 1,696,493 bytes, 11,522,712 bytes or 901,144 bytes. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. SP.exe is digitally signed. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run). There is no description of the program. It is a Verisign signed file. SP.exe is able to monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs.
If SP.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 58% dangerous. The file size is 8,192 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 89,089 bytes. The software has no file description. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run). The SP.exe file is not a Windows core file.
If SP.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 48,528 bytes.
If SP.exe is located in C:\, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 89,088 bytes.
Important: Some malware also uses the file name SP.exe, for example SearchProtection (detected by Symantec), and Spigot Toolbar (detected by Sophos). Therefore, you should check the SP.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Search Protection 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 ▾
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with SP. 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 SP.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.