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SearchAssist is a software usually installed without your knowledge with the download of freeware. In fact some sites use the method of repackaging. This is an operation that is to redo the module software installation by adding download options. These options allow to add other software as for example toolbars browser, or potentially unwanted software. The addition of these new programs can decrease the performance of the system but also slow or redirect internet surfing. As a general rule, should focus on the author’s official site to download your software.
Identified : 03/03/2015.


– It belongs to a family of PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program).
– A polluteware is a software that pollutes storage and/or the Base of registers.
– An Adware is a program that adds other programs without the knowledge of the user.
– Vendor : PUP.Optional

Main Actions

– It installs a plugin of the browser Google Chrome (G2),
– It installs a program of extension for browser Mozilla Firefox (M2),
– It installs a plugin of the browser Mozilla Firefox (P2),
– It changes the start page of the browser Mozilla Firefox (M0),
– It changes the start page of the browser Internet Explorer (R0),
– It changes the browser Internet Explorer search page (R1),
– It is installed as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) of internet browser (O2),
– It installs as a process launched at startup of the system (RP),
– It settled in the Base of registers to be launched each time with the system (O4),
– It starts a task planned in automatic (O39),
– It installs as a program (O42),
– It creates to many registry keys ‘Software’,
– It creates additional folders (O43),
– It moved to the Windows prefetcher folder (O45),
– It changes the Internet research provider (O69),

M0 – MFSP: prefs.js
R0 – HKCUSOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Start Page =
R0 – HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Start Page =
R1 – HKCUSOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Default_Page_URL =
R1 – HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Default_Page_URL =
R1 – HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerAboutURLs,Tabs =
P2 – MFPP: Plugins – — C:UsersCoolmanAppDataRoamingMozillaFirefoxProfilesc87k1in3.defaultsearchpluginssearchassist.xml
O2 – BHO: SearchAssist – {8DDAC7C3-2592-4D84-A7A7-AA7865E53875} . (…) — C:Program FilesSearchAssistieadxloader.dll
(…) — C:Program FilesSearchAssistsa.exe
(…) — C:Program FilesSearchAssistsa.exe
O42 – Logiciel: SearchAssist – (.SecureDownload Ltd.) — SearchAssist_is1

O43 – CFD: 14/03/2015 – 03:39:40 – [] —-D C:Program FilesSearchAssist
O69 – SBI: SearchScopes {BA1BE292-1D15-488B-934D-008742212380} – (Search) –



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