Remove SearchProtection.exe (Virus Removal Guide)

SearchProtection.exe is a potentially unwanted program that is designed to protect its bundled programs and make sure they remain installed or unchanged by other third party programs.
The SearchProtection.exe program is a part of the MyStart Toolbar program, and is developed by Spigot, a company known for their malicious programs.
There are 6 versions of SearchProtection.exe in the wild, the latest version being It is started as a Windows Service with the name ‘SProtection’. The average file size is about 2.58 MB. The file is a digitally signed and issued to Lavasoft Limited by GlobalSign. During the process’s lifecycle, the typical CPU resource utilization is about 0.0001% including both foreground and background operations, the average private memory consumption is about 3.55 MB with the maximum memory reaching around 6.96 MB. Additionally, typically read and write I/O disk operations is about 0 Bytes per minute for reads and 0 Bytes per minute for writes.
If you have SearchProtection.exe program on your system, you will typically see two “SearchProtection.exe” processes running in the Windows Task Manager.

SearchProtection.exe is typically added when you install another free software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this program. Very often users have no idea where did it come from, so it’s not surprising at all that most of them assume that SearchProtection.exe is a virus.
This program is also bundled within the custom installer on many reputable download sites, so if you have downloaded a software from these websites, chances are that SearchProtection.exe was installed during the software setup process.
SearchProtection.exe it’s technically not a virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a “PUP,” or potentially unwanted program.
Once installed, SearchProtection.exe will change the default search engine and home page in all major web browsers, and if you try to revert to their default settings, this program will not allow you to perform these changes.

SearchProtection.exe is bundled within the installer of many toolbars, adware and other potentially unwanted programs, with the sole purpose of making the removal process of this programs more difficult.
Some examples of infections that will install the SearchProtection.exe program are: MyStart Toolbar, Yontoo Toolbar Platform, Widgi Toolbar, Dealio Toolbar and many more programs.
You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this SearchProtection.exe hijacker. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

How to remove SearchProtection.exe (Virus Removal Guide)

STEP 1: Uninstall SearchProtection.exe programs from your computer

SearchProtection.exe was installed with adware or browser hijacker program that you have recently installed on your computer. In our case SearchProtection.exe infection was installed with the MyStart toolbar.
In this first step, we will try to identify and remove any malicious program that might be installed on your computer.

To uninstall the SearchProtection.exe program from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall a program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel“. Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there, then select Uninstall a program.

When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall Search Protection, Widgi Toolbar Platform, MyStart Toolbar, Dealio Toolbar and any other recently installed or unknown programs from your computer.

If you are having issues while trying to uninstall the SearchProtection.exe malicious programs, you can use Revo Uninstaller to completly remove the unwated programs from your machine.

Depending on what program has installed the SearchProtection.exe infection, the above program may have a different name or not be installed on your computer. If you cannot find any unwanted or unknown programs on your machine, then you can proceed with the next step.

News article is edited by: yakura - 11-04-2018, 13:53

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David 6 October 2019 16:32
When we use antivirus then CPU resource utilization goes slow and that's why sometimes our computer working slow. The legit share some good ways in the guide which will help us to understand how we use it without getting our system slow.
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