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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.
0.02081% CPU208071.5%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          3.89 MB RAM18.1%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
          540 /min24.0%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
              18 GDI objects12.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\common files\spigot\search settings\searchsettings.exe

Are there other versions of Widgi Toolbar?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)

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: 7, 6, 0, 2
Size: 1.3 MB
Original file name: SearchSettings.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: Spigot
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Expiration date: 3/28/2015

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0211513551%
Privileged CPU: 0.0003442083%
User CPU: 0.02080714686868%
Privileged CPU time: 516519311 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 1,206,408 ms
CPU cycle count: 2,042,843,412
CPU cycle count /min: 430,253,608
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 88.45 MB
Peak committed memory: 96.1 MB
Paged memory: 3.89 MB
Peak paged memory: 10.67 MB
Paged system memory: 150.74 KB
Non-paged system memory: 7.29 KB
Working set memory: 3.73 MB
Peak working set memory: 15.17 MB
Min working set memory: 3.68 MB
Private memory: 3.89 MB
Page faults: 963,394
Page faults /min: 2,237
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 11,374
Read operations /min: 26
Total read transfer: 43.61 MB
Read transfer /min: 103.67 KB
Total write operations: 22
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 1.68 MB
Write transfer /min: 3.99 KB
Total other operations: 4,173
Other operations /min: 10
Total other transfer: 44.88 KB
Other Transfer /min: 106 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 18
Peak GDI objects: 19
USER objects: 21
Peak USER objects: 21
Handle count average: 249
Thread count average: 6

Process details

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

Startup files (all users) run details

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

Image hashes

MD5: c99645952fda42584fe101c0b90d979a
SHA-1: 375c716b1b4ccc3b9bef36fa2c4e92e9845b606c
SHA-256: ac72f05aca579fc8bae3e4f148efcb8a0f923068f95faa998233832edfbedca7

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++ 9.0
File packed: No
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