What is the SearchHelper.dll component needed for?Simply stated, a DLL file is an unnamed executable file. It cannot be directly invoked, but it can be called by any executable Windows program.
The SearchHelper.dll process is also known as Microsoft Search Helper Extention and is a part of Microsoft Search Enhancement Pack or, as the case may be, Search Box Extensions. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of SearchHelper.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Microsoft Search Helper Extention has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Microsoft Search Helper Extention has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- SearchHelper.dll has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module SearchHelper.dll. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about SearchHelper.dll Microsoft Search Helper Extention
SearchHelper.dll is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. SearchHelper.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
The file size is 92,504 bytes.
This DLL file is a browser plug-in. This could mean that your Internet Explorer has been given additional useful capabilities. However, not all such plug-ins are worthwhile. Some just display advertisements or surreptitiously change your browser settings. The unique identifer of the browser plug-in is 6EBF7485-159F-4bff-A14F-B9E3AAC4465B. The file attaches itself to Internet Explorer, the standard Windows browser, possibly in order to monitor surfing activity. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). The SearchHelper file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. This SearchHelper.dll process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. You can find the file or its related application in Control Panel under Programs. You can then rerun the setup or uninstall the program. For this reason, 35% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves SearchHelper.dll. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about SearchHelper?
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Summary: One user judges SearchHelper.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. For this reason, one user has already deleted SearchHelper.dll. source: file.net
How to uninstall Microsoft Search Enhancement Pack or Search Box Extensions
To remove Microsoft Search Helper Extention from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Microsoft Search Enhancement Pack or Search Box Extensions in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if SearchHelper.dll (Microsoft Search Helper Extention) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Microsoft Search Helper Extention. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Microsoft Search Helper Extention or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or SearchHelper.dll is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.
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