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What is SearchSettings.exe?

Part of Widgi Toolbar by Spigot

What is it?

The Widgi Search Settings Toolbar is a toolbar built on the spigot platform. The toolbar is usually installed together with other software. Typically, PC owner is not careful enough and leave some checkboxes unchecked. That is how one of such Widgi toolbars land on their browser. The Widgi Toolbar displays advertisements, or change your browsers default search provider.
Description of searchsettings.exe from Spigot
The Spigot Search Settings is an application which is part of the Spigot Toolbar. Spigot searchsettings.exe's purpose is to check periodically your default search engine and restore it to Yahoo in case you agreed to set it to Yahoo in the first place and another application is trying to change it.
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How does searchsettings.exe run?

Process - SearchSettings.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. SearchSettings.exe is executed by the process explorer.exe (Windows Explorer by Microsoft).

How does searchsettings.exe start?

Startup files (all users) run - SearchSettings.exe is registered with the run identifier 'SearchSettings' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Spigot\Search Settings\SearchSettings.exe"' in the Windows registry HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when any Windows user logs into Windows.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the searchsettings.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of searchsettings.exe users, 70.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is SearchSettings.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.33296% CPU3329578.5%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          3.39 MB RAM15.7%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
820 /min36.4%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
470 GDI objects313.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
60 context switches/sec60.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\common files\spigot\search settings\searchsettings.exe

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows XP Professional (5.1.2600.196608)

About Spigot, Inc.

Spigot, inc is a software an advertising toolbar company offering free extension applications for Internet Explorer, Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Spigot allows ' More...
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File details

File name: SearchSettings.exe
Publisher: Spigot, Inc. (verified)
Name: Widgi Toolbar
Description: Search Settings
Version: 4, 6, 0, 1
Size: 522.34 KB
Original file name: SearchSettings.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: Spigot
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 3/28/2011
Expiration date: 3/28/2012

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.3463465895%
Privileged CPU: 0.0133887423%
User CPU: 0.33295784717043%
Total CPU time: 1,302 ms
Total CPU time /min: 18 ms
Privileged CPU time: 657.61 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 8 ms
User CPU time: 644.26 ms
User CPU time /min: 10 ms
Context switches /sec: 60
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 44.3 MB
Peak committed memory: 45.47 MB
Paged memory: 3.39 MB
Peak paged memory: 5.7 MB
Paged system memory: 98.57 KB
Non-paged system memory: 4.57 KB
Working set memory: 210.67 KB
Peak working set memory: 6.9 MB
Min working set memory: 210.67 KB
Private memory: 3.39 MB
Page faults: 51,074
Page faults /min: 612
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 4,678
Read operations /min: 38
Total read transfer: 28.06 MB
Read transfer /min: 219 KB
Total write operations: 449
Write operations /min: 3
Total write transfer: 14.15 MB
Write transfer /min: 98.81 KB
Total other operations: 9,978
Other operations /min: 171
Total other transfer: 214.99 KB
Other Transfer /min: 6.91 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 470
USER objects: 239
Handle count average: 137
Thread count average: 2

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Windows platform: 32-bit
Parent Process
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Spigot\Search Settings\SearchSettings.exe"
"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Spigot\Search Settings\SearchSettings.exe" DFROMKIT

Startup files (all users) run details

Name: SearchSettings
Command: "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Spigot\Search Settings\SearchSettings.exe"

Image hashes

MD5: 00ed8dbe21dca52c62ae769d7e5d78b9
SHA-1: 046466a12f235e840528b962f3e1ef5eab4d7466
SHA-256: 27d72aa201bfc78c43112baf9b3f95d32b84a05992ea377a055141368807b366

PE image details

File entropy: 4.80510
File packed: No
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