What does the SearchProtection.EXE file do?
The SearchProtection.EXE process is also known as Search Protection or, as the case may be, Yahoo! Application and is a part of Search Protection or, as the case may be, Visicom Media. This software is produced by Spigot (www.spigot.com) or, as the case may be, Yahoo! (www.yahoo.com). An obsolete or defective version of SearchProtection.EXE can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Search Protection has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Search Protection 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)
- SearchProtection.EXE has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module SearchProtection.EXE. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about SearchProtection.EXE Search Protection
SearchProtection.EXE is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file SearchProtection.EXE is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 832,360 bytes (32% of all these files), 740,712 bytes as well as 9 other variants.
The original file is digitally signed. Check your file. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: Run, MACHINE\Run). This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. SearchProtection.EXE is capable of monitor other applications. For this reason, 41% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A SearchProtection.EXE file has a 42% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 111,856 bytes (55% of all these files), 943,016 bytes as well as 8 other variants. It is no part of Microsoft Windows. The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. It has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. The application is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: Run, MACHINE\Run). The original file is digitally signed. Check your file. SearchProtection.EXE is capable of monitor other applications.
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 SearchProtection.EXE. 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 SearchProtection?
|searchprotection.exe comes with Yahoo. |
|Searchprotection.exe also comes with adaware from lavasoft. Seems to check searches at securesearch.lavasoft.com. |
|Nod 32 define it as possible trojan. Im not using anything that is connected to yahoo or have anything yahoo instaled. I will remove it. |
|Changes the default search engine to yahoo in firefox - without user's permission. Hides itself. No useful function, tricky stealth technique: must be deleted. |
Summary: One user judges SearchProtection.EXE to be an essential file that should not be touched. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, one user has already deleted SearchProtection.EXE. source: file.net
How to uninstall Search Protection or Visicom Media
To remove Search Protection 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 Search Protection or Visicom Media in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if SearchProtection.EXE (Search Protection) 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 Search Protection. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Search Protection 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 SearchProtection.EXE 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.