What is the surfcanyon.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 surfcanyon.dll process is also known as Fast Search for Internet Explorer or, as the case may be, Surf Canyon Search Engine Assistant for Internet Explorer and is a part of Fast Search or, as the case may be, Surf Canyon Search Engine Assistant. This software is produced by Surf Canyon. An obsolete or defective version of surfcanyon.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Fast Search has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Fast Search 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)
- surfcanyon.dll has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module surfcanyon.dll. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about surfcanyon.dll Fast Search
surfcanyon.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Surfcanyon.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 185,480 bytes (33% of all these files), 155,784 bytes as well as 4 other variants.
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 5AB7104A-B71F-49AD-9154-F7F8806AE848. This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. This file can analyze your Internet behavior, since it acts like an Internet Explorer plug-in. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. This file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. 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 surfcanyon.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 surfcanyon?
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 Fast Search or Surf Canyon Search Engine Assistant
To remove Fast Search 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 Fast Search or Surf Canyon Search Engine Assistant in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if surfcanyon.dll (Fast Search) 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 Fast Search. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Fast Search 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 surfcanyon.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.