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What is search_protect.exe ?


search_protect.exe is known as StartNow Search Update, it also has the following name Amazon Search Protect or and it is developed by unknown . We have seen about 22 different instances of search_protect.exe in different location. So far we haven't seen any alert about this product. If you think there is a virus or malware with this product, please submit your feedback at the bottom.

search_protect.exe


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How to remove search_protect.exe


If you encounter difficulties with search_protect.exe , you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs


What can you do to fix search_protect.exe ?


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Where do we see search_protect.exe ?


Here is the list of instances that we see for the process: search_protect.exe

  Path Product Name Vendor Version Size MD5
1 C:\Arquivos de programas\StartNow Toolbar\search_protect.exe StartNow Search Update 1.0 132741 8F9D8267368A9113B683E09816AAABFE
2 C:\Program Files\Amazon Browser Bar\search_protect.exe Amazon Search Protect 1.0 120624 B36CC734C44BF81CBB3D9A6899E1E5E7
3 C:\Program Files (x86)\StartNow Toolbar\search_protect.exe StartNow Search Update 1.0 135204 6D6FBE6465D1F496257C3C422DD1F4B7
4 C:\Program Files\Amazon Browser Bar\search_protect.exe Amazon Search Protect 1.0 130158 BEA1F9C1B48961BC0EE9E87B1337CD4E
5 C:\Program Files\Amazon Browser Bar\search_protect.exe Amazon Search Protect 1.0 125152 986E6BC1DC82892450CD47B0AB99D47F
6 C:\Program Files\StartNow Toolbar\search_protect.exe StartNow Search Update 1.0 135204 6D6FBE6465D1F496257C3C422DD1F4B7
7 C:\Program Files (x86)\Amazon Browser Bar\search_protect.exe Amazon Search Protect 1.0 125152 986E6BC1DC82892450CD47B0AB99D47F
8 C:\Program Files (x86)\Amazon Browser Bar\search_protect.exe Amazon Search Protect 1.0 62880 81E238C336421464668FBC930132FD6E
9 C:\Program Files\Amazon Browser Bar\search_protect.exe Amazon Search Protect 1.0 62727 887F4F9A4BC9468DFDBD6B7CA8312FD7
10 C:\Archivos de programa\Amazon Browser Bar\search_protect.exe Amazon Search Protect 1.0 63800 682577A7EA27F3A9B24F64B97D015CE0
11 E:\Program Files\Amazon Browser Bar\search_protect.exe Amazon Search Protect 1.0 125152 986E6BC1DC82892450CD47B0AB99D47F
12 C:\Program Files\Amazon Browser Bar\search_protect.exe Amazon Search Protect 1.0 63814 F10D6F5433A6965FD4A7B66F2CA89A06
13 C:\Program Files (x86)\Amazon Browser Bar\search_protect.exe Amazon Search Protect 1.0 63800 682577A7EA27F3A9B24F64B97D015CE0
14 C:\Program Files\Amazon Browser Bar\search_protect.exe 63800
15 C:\Program Files (x86)\Amazon Browser Bar\search_protect.exe Amazon Search Protect 1.0 67316 05A32BA624BCC23CF797E4F8CA74B3F3
16 C:\Program Files\Amazon Browser Bar\search_protect.exe Amazon Search Protect 1.0 67316 05A32BA624BCC23CF797E4F8CA74B3F3
17 C:\Programmi\Amazon Browser Bar\search_protect.exe Amazon Search Protect 1.0 67316 05A32BA624BCC23CF797E4F8CA74B3F3
18 C:\Programme\Amazon Browser Bar\search_protect.exe Amazon Search Protect 1.0 67316 05A32BA624BCC23CF797E4F8CA74B3F3
19 C:\Program Files\Amazon Browser Bar\search_protect.exe Amazon Search Protect 1.0 77760 56E56617221556DCB1FC9C3D27623218
20 C:\Program Files\Amazon Browser Bar\search_protect.exe Amazon Search Protect 1.0 73431 1EBA00257BBB4575592C2EADC790D25B
21 C:\Program Files (x86)\Amazon Browser Bar\search_protect.exe Amazon Search Protect 1.0 73885 622EEA627FE6406EB79CD7398D0FD9CC
22 C:\Program Files\Amazon Browser Bar\search_protect.exe Amazon Search Protect 1.0 73885 622EEA627FE6406EB79CD7398D0FD9CC
             

   Comments about this process:

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By AD 2013-08-09 10:17:35
On my windows 7 ultimate 64-bit, this file coming from a british company, unknown and has almost anonymous single web page called distromatic.com this file killed (crashed) explorer.exe, mspaint.exe and openoffice, I had to go to the system events to be able to pinpoint, I had to remove from c:\program files (x86)\Amazon Browser Bar. I am very puzzled as to a great company like Amazon bundles this stuff in one of its tools, this is shameful. I do not think it is a bad virus, but it sure disrupt and confuse work!

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By Kall 2013-10-03 05:24:18
I scanned my PC with Malwarebytes, and this is what I got, not sure if I should be worried about this or not?

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.75.0.1300
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: v2013.10.03.01

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 x64 NTFS
Internet Explorer 10.0.9200.16686
##### :: ####-PC [administrator]

10/2/2013 9:40:22 PM
MBAM-log-2013-10-02 (22-16-53).txt

Scan type: Full scan (C:\|D:\|E:\|)
Scan options enabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUM
Scan options disabled: P2P
Objects scanned: 321452
Time elapsed: 8 minute(s), 50 second(s)

Memory Processes Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Detected: 1
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\SearchProtect (PUP.Optional.Conduit.A) -> No action taken.

Registry Values Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Detected: 1
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows|AppInit_DLLs (PUP.Optional.Conduit.A) -> Bad: (C:\PROGRA~2\SearchProtect\SearchProtect\bin\SPVC32Loader.dll) Good: () -> No action taken.

Folders Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Files Detected: 9
C:\Program Files (x86)\SearchProtect\SearchProtect\bin\SPVC32Loader.dll (PUP.Optional.Conduit.A) -> No action taken.
C:\Program Files (x86)\SearchProtect\Main\bin\SPTool.dll (PUP.Optional.Conduit.A) -> No action taken.
C:\Program Files (x86)\SearchProtect\Main\bin\uninstall.exe (PUP.Optional.Conduit.A) -> No action taken.
C:\Program Files (x86)\SearchProtect\SearchProtect\bin\cltmng.exe (PUP.Optional.Conduit.A) -> No action taken.
C:\Program Files (x86)\SearchProtect\SearchProtect\bin\SPTool64.exe (PUP.Optional.Conduit.A) -> No action taken.
C:\Program Files (x86)\SearchProtect\SearchProtect\bin\SPVC32.dll (PUP.Optional.Conduit.A) -> No action taken.
C:\Program Files (x86)\SearchProtect\SearchProtect\bin\SPVC64.dll (PUP.Optional.Conduit.A) -> No action taken.
C:\Program Files (x86)\SearchProtect\SearchProtect\bin\SPVC64Loader.dll (PUP.Optional.Conduit.A) -> No action taken.
C:\Program Files (x86)\SearchProtect\UI\bin\cltmngui.exe (PUP.Optional.Conduit.A) -> No action taken.

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By Don 2014-04-17 14:21:21
SearchProtect overrode my IP address. I activated HMA (VPN service) and SearchProtect overrode the various IP addresses I tried throughout the US. I think it was installed in my system by a trojan malware noted by my BitDefender AV at about the same time I lost control of my IP address. It not only took control, I experienced slow downs, W8.1 crashes, noticeable keystroke compromises and continual interruptions of internet service. I believe it was maliciously induced by unknow party.

Solution: In my paranoia, I went to my control panel and programs and features window. There I found SearchProtect.exe. I uninstalled it and then did a verification of my IP address and voila: I was back to my original IP. I activated my vpn and was able to see the address and location of their server . Mission accomplished - but it took me 3 days to figure it out.
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By Bipin 2014-10-11 04:56:36
Looks like it is a malware, continuously giving error with Bad Image

 

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