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What does the sp.exe file do?

The sp.exe process is also known as Search Protection or, as the case may be, Call of DutyŽ: Black Ops II and is a part of Search Protection or, as the case may be, Call of DutyŽ: Black Ops II. This software is produced by Spigot (www.spigot.com) or, as the case may be, Activision Publishing. An obsolete or defective version of sp.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 sp.exe Search Protection

sp.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Sp.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 1,128,760 bytes (43% of all these files), 892,000 bytes as well as 9 other variants.
The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. This sp program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. It has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: Run). Sp.exe does not supply any version information or other description. The original file is digitally signed. Check your file. Sp.exe is capable of track other applications. For this reason, 54% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A sp.exe file has a 50% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 1,128,760 bytes (50% of all these files), 11,522,712 bytes or, as the case may be, 901,144 bytes. This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). The sp file is not part of the Windows operating system. There is no internal description of the file. The sp file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: Run). Sp.exe is capable of supervise programs.

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 sp.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 sp?

Can annoy IE6 as it install itself with the toolbar, and IE won't function properly with certain sites. (Screen turns into gray)
it blocks Panda Virus Scan, Panda's online scan is below (further information...)
Peter Tavinor
Because of sp.exe, a "Control Center" (with a window title of "Private Center") comes out right after my Windows XP is started. The only choice is "Fix problems" and then "Install antivirus." After I hit "Install antivirus," it came the message "Navigation to the webpage was canceled," in the window of "Antivirus software installing." (Same results appeared in different cities.) I could kill this "Privacy center" after trying for three or four times in Task Manager (ctrl+alt+del), in which "Privacy Center" is the only task. After it was killed, nothing appear and I could do nothing. (further information...)

Summary: 6 users judge sp.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. However, 33 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 61 users have already deleted sp.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Search Protection or Call of DutyŽ: Black Ops II

To remove Search Protection 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 Search Protection or Call of DutyŽ: Black Ops II in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if sp.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 sp.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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