searchsettings.exe - Is searchsettings.exe trojan, malware, or a virus?

what is searchsettings.exe?
Purpose of searchsettings.exe:



Process or task name:

Always double check your task spelling if you are concerned about spyware or viruses, as often they use similiar spelling for these windows processes and tasks: searchsettings.exe

File type:
Exe program - Files with an extension of "exe" are executable programs.

Purpose of this file:
SearchSettings.exe is a software program which would have been installed by you, it would not have arrived preinstalled. The hard drive location for this file is also shown below so you can verify this is not spyware or virus related, as often spyware or virus programs will use a similiar name or identical name and place them in other directories. This SearchSettings.exe program can alter your default search provider in your browser. I would remove this immediately if this was on my computer. This is also difficult to remove, which is another red flag as t hey didn't make a simple install to get rid of it. I consider this a browser hijacker and it should be removed. You may even see your searches going to some random default like search.searchcompletion.com which is clearly where you dont want to be. Be carefull when downloading free software like youtube downloader, as these are where spyware and hijackers come from. (There is a reason why software is free, people have to make money somewhere so be on high alert if installing freeware!) Visit searchsettings.exe for complete information on this task or process. If you would like help on other tasks or processes, you can view the entire process and task directory here.

What is the searchsettings.exe location, where is it stored on my computer?
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Spigot\Search Settings\SearchSettings.exe is where this will be found on your hard drive.


  • Is searchsettings.exe spyware?
        No, this windows task is not spyware.

  • Is this software task considered adware or malware?
        Yes. This is advertising related, so it is considered adware and may be causing popup windows on your computer.

  • Is searchsettings.exe considered a virus or trojan?
        No, this windows task is not a virus or trojan program.

  • Would you recommend that I remove searchsettings.exe?
        Yes, I would remove searchsettings.exe if it was on my computer. If you wish to do this, and you get an error message because you cannot access it, you should first terminate the task in your tasklist and then attempt to add it to your recycle bin again.

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