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What does the SearchSettings.exe file do?

The SearchSettings.exe process is also known as Search Settings or, as the case may be, YouTube Downloader Toolbar (Version v4.9) and is a part of Widgi Toolbar or, as the case may be, YouTube Downloader Toolbar. This software is produced by Spigot (www.spigot.com) or, as the case may be, CBS Interactiv. An obsolete or defective version of SearchSettings.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about SearchSettings.exe Search Settings

SearchSettings.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. SearchSettings.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 922,976 bytes (9% of all these files), 1,383,232 bytes as well as 19 other variants.
This SearchSettings program is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). This file is no part of Microsoft Windows. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). SearchSettings.exe possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. You may uninstall the related program using Windows Control Panel. SearchSettings.exe is capable of track other applications. For this reason, 32% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A SearchSettings.exe file has a 51% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 974,848 bytes (66% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 970,240 bytes. The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The application is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). The SearchSettings file is not part of the Windows operating system. To remove the file and its related software from your computer, click Programs in Control Panel This process is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network. SearchSettings.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 SearchSettings.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 SearchSettings?

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. (further information...)
Raphael J.
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.
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

Summary: 2 users judge SearchSettings.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. However, 11 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 17 users have already deleted SearchSettings.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Widgi Toolbar or YouTube Downloader Toolbar

To remove Search Settings from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate Widgi Toolbar or YouTube Downloader Toolbar in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if SearchSettings.exe (Search Settings) 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 Settings. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Search Settings 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 SearchSettings.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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