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What is protectedsearch.exe?

Part of ProtectedSearch by Simplygen

What is it?

Protected Search is an advertising supported program installed into Internet Explorer and Firefox web browsers. Protected Search collects and stores information about your web browsing habits and sends this information to its remote servers in order to provide injected advertising in search results and various other places. Protected Search will also modify your home page and search provider.
Description of protectedsearch.exe from Simplygen
SImplyGen provides browser and Application add ons ("PredictAd Add Ons") that enables users to receive website information and additional search and browsing enhancement. You acknowledge and agree that during installation, You may be prompted by the Software to apply changes to your Internet Browser settings. Change the default search engine in Your Internet Browser's built-in search box, if such a search box exists in your browser. Change the default Homepage of your Internet Browser. Add alternative "page not found" functionality.
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How does protectedsearch.exe run?

Process - protectedsearch.exe is an instance of a running program. This 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. protectedsearch.exe is executed by the process svchost.exe (Host Process for Windows Services by Microsoft).

How does protectedsearch.exe start?

Scheduled task - protectedsearch.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\ProtectedSearch\Protected Search'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.
Scheduled tasks startup - protectedsearch.exe is launched automatically when a user logs into Windows by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\ProtectedSearch\Protected Search'. With Scheduled Tasks, any script, program, or document can be configured to run when a user logs into the PC. These tasks start every time that Windows is booted and runs in the background.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.4% of all Boost users have the protectedsearch.exe process running.Of the 0.4% of protectedsearch.exe users, 77.0% have disabled it.
How stable is ProtectedSearch?
Based on crash data discovered by Boost, stability is a measure of how sound this particular process and the average percent of times it crashes.
Typical program1.26%
How resource intensive is protectedsearch.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.03443% CPU344325.0%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
499.99 MB RAM2321.9%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 20 /min0.9%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
              23 GDI objects15.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\protected search\protectedsearch.exe

Are there other versions of ProtectedSearch?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by ProtectedSearch.

What programs install protectedsearch.exe?

Protected Search 1.1 by SimplyGen LTD - Protected Search displays various advertisements and tracks and reports your Internet browsing behavior. Protected Search is an advertising supported program installed into Internet Explorer and Firefox web browsers. Pro
Program URL: www.ProtectedSearch.com
Install path: C:\Program Files\Protected Search\
Size: 2.17 MB
HomeTab 4.4 by Widdit - HomeTab is a potentially unwanted application that runs in the web browser as a toolbar and web extension. The web extension is primarily designed to take control of the user's browser in order to modify the search
Program URL: www.widdit.com/homeTab.aspx
Install path: C:\Program Files\HomeTab\
Size: 6.56 MB
HomeTab 3.2 by Widdit - HomeTab is a web browser toolbar and extension that modifies the browsers search and home pages as well as delivers contextual based advertising. This toolbar currently supports Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. In
Program URL: www.widdit.com/homeTab.aspx
Install path: C:\Program Files\HomeTab\
Size: 4.69 MB

What else is related?

ProtectedSearch Stability

protectedsearch.exe crashes or has encountered a critical error 0.8900% of the time.
Error: Stopped working (CLR20r3)
Details: Stopped working
Occurred: over 6 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8 (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8.1 Enterprise (6.2.9200.0)
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File details

File name: protectedsearch.exe
Publisher: Simplygen (verified)
Name: ProtectedSearch
Description: ProtectedSearch
Size: 86.57 KB
Original file name: ProtectedSearch.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: Simply Tech Ltd
Certificate authority: COMODO CA Limited
Effective date: 4/4/2012
Expiration date: 4/5/2014

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0359263109%
Privileged CPU: 0.0014938102%
User CPU: 0.03443250071997%
Privileged CPU time: 116743.54 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 319,008,038
CPU cycle count /min: 1,202,352
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 777.82 MB
Peak committed memory: 819.93 MB
Paged memory: 499.99 MB
Peak paged memory: 537.22 MB
Paged system memory: 1.15 MB
Non-paged system memory: 186.11 KB
Working set memory: 49.99 MB
Peak working set memory: 94.49 MB
Min working set memory: 1.98 MB
Private memory: 499.99 MB
Page faults: 2,101,448
Page faults /min: 14
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 149,857
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 504.3 MB
Read transfer /min: 449 Bytes
Total write operations: 50
Total write transfer: 195.53 KB
Total other operations: 172,330
Other operations /min: 1
Total other transfer: 13.5 MB
Other Transfer /min: 62 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 23
Peak GDI objects: 28
USER objects: 16
Peak USER objects: 22
Handle count average: 52,785
Thread count average: 404
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: High
Windows platform: 64-bit
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\HomeTab\ProtectedSearch.exe"

Scheduled task details

Name: Protected Search
Command: \ProtectedSearch\Protected Search

Scheduled tasks startup details

Name: \ProtectedSearch\Protected Search

Image hashes

MD5: 327390d564d124c248de624750d52d01
SHA-1: 76412de15c469903d2b0fd699c998ef558f3f373

PE image details

CLR assembly: Yes
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C# / Basic .NET
File packed: No
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