How to get rid of the SearchProtectionSetup VirusSometimes the SearchProtectionSetup file may cloak a virus, for example F-Secure found Application.SearchProtect.CG, as well as McAfee found Artemis!387268F41EF4. If your anti-virus software does not detect a virus, try using a supplementary free Anti-Malware scanner.
Other problems with SearchProtectionSetup.exe
The SearchProtectionSetup.exe process is also known as Search Protection and is a part of Spigot. This software is produced by Spigot (www.spigot.com). An obsolete or defective version of SearchProtectionSetup.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)
- SearchProtectionSetup.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module SearchProtectionSetup.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about SearchProtectionSetup.exe Search Protection
SearchProtectionSetup.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file SearchProtectionSetup.exe is found in in a subdirectory of the Windows Temp folder.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 1,035,816 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 937,848 bytes.
There is no internal description of the file. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). This SearchProtectionSetup.exe process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The SearchProtectionSetup file is not part of the Windows operating system. SearchProtectionSetup.exe is capable of record keystrokes as well as track other applications. For this reason, 59% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
Attention: If you find SearchProtectionSetup.exe on your computer, please scan it with an anti-virus product. If your anti-virus software does not recognize it as being harmful, then please make sure that you have the latest update of the signature file, or check the file online. For this option, you may want to use Security Task Manager. Here, click on the process with the right mouse button and send the file to an online virus scanner.
What do other computer users say about SearchProtectionSetup?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall Spigot
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 Spigot in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if SearchProtectionSetup.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 SearchProtectionSetup.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.
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