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What is searchprotection.exe?

Part of Search Protection by Yahoo! Inc

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How does searchprotection.exe run?

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

How does searchprotection.exe start?

Startup files (all users) run - searchprotection.exe is registered with the run identifier 'YSearchProtection' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Search Protection\SearchProtection.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.
Startup files (user) run - searchprotection.exe is registered with the run identifier 'Search Protection' and the execution command 'C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Search Protection\SearchProtection.exe' in the Windows registry HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when a user logs into Windows.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the searchprotection.exe process running.Of the 0.1% of searchprotection.exe users, 85.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is searchprotection.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
          2.8 MB RAM13.0%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
         12 GDI objects8.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\yahoo!\search protection\searchprotection.exe

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 Search Protection.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)

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File details

File name: searchprotection.exe
Publisher: Yahoo! Inc (verified)
Name: Search Protection
Description: Yahoo! Application
Version: 2009, 1, 30, 1
Product version: 1, 2, 8, 0
Size: 109.23 KB
Original file name: Searchprotection.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: Yahoo! Inc.
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 8/11/2006
Expiration date: 9/4/2009

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000672322%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000672322%
User CPU: 0%
Privileged CPU time: 46.8 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 629,446,425
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 64.95 MB
Peak committed memory: 67.79 MB
Paged memory: 2.8 MB
Peak paged memory: 2.88 MB
Paged system memory: 114.77 KB
Non-paged system memory: 6.05 KB
Working set memory: 1.56 MB
Peak working set memory: 5.69 MB
Min working set memory: 1 MB
Private memory: 2.8 MB
Page faults: 9,228
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 7
Total read transfer: 15.54 KB
Total write operations: 1
Total write transfer: 5.37 KB
Total other operations: 1,232
Total other transfer: 9.23 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 12
Peak GDI objects: 13
USER objects: 11
Peak USER objects: 13
Handle count average: 125
Thread count average: 6
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: High
Windows platform: 32-bit
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Search Protection\SearchProtection.exe"

Startup files (all users) run details

Name: YSearchProtection
Command: "C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Search Protection\SearchProtection.exe"

Startup files (user) run details

Name: YSearchProtection
Command: C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Search Protection\SearchProtection.exe

Image hashes

MD5: 70189d91a5347f5e34039d06c7e58419
SHA-1: 827afa1bd9b839f01141057b5c5de26921a48d8c
SHA-256: 82313ed72199fd14e0694917102b25f4bbece996025d2656237912cee4e88740

PE image details

File packed: No
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