SearchSettings.exe by Spigot, Inc. removal instructions

SearchSettings.exe comes with the Widgi Toolbar. I uploaded SearchSettings.exe to VirusTotal and it was detected under the following names:

  1. Kingsoft – Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
  2. TrendMicro-HouseCall – TROJ_GEN.F47V0716
  3. ESET-NOD32 – a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Widgi

while the other anti-virus programs didn’t detect anything.

In general it’s difficult to say how dangerous a file such as SearchSettings.exe is. Kingsoft and TrendMicro calls it a trojan which sounds pretty worrying while ESET just tags it as a Toolbar, but somehow it qualified for a signature in their database.

I found SearchSettings.exe while help a friends parents with their computer that according to them ran so slow that “it was impossible to play Tetris“.

We removed SearchSettings.exe, but their computer still ran terribly slow. I didn’t have the time to troubleshoot it any further.

Thank you for the cinnamon rolls! I’d help you remove unwanted software anytime.

SearchSettings.exe removal instructions

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While your computer is rebooting, tap F8. The Advanced Boot Options should appear.
  3. On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight safe mode and press ENTER. The computer should now start in safe mode.
  4. Start Windows Explorer.
  5. Browse to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Spigot\Search Settings\
  6. Delete SearchSettings.exe.

Did you also find SearchSettings on your machine? Did this help you remove it?


I’m Dennis and I’m starting my file blog today.

Hello there. I’m Dennis. A few years ago I started to get interested in what software actually was running on the computers in my household. Before that, I didn’t really bother. We used the computer for browsing, YouTube videos and paying the bills with the Internet-bank.

What caught my interest was that one of my computers started to run very slow. A reboot took forever, and once it had started up it was painfully slow. That’s how I started to learn more about what was running on the computer, what processes was actually needed for a functional system, and what malware could do to your computer. After some investigation I managed to get my computer up to speed again. I uninstalled some software that came pre-installed on the computer when I got it from the store, disabled some software that didn’t really need to run all the time. I also found an uninstalled some adware that had sneaked onto my machine.

These days friends and colleagues often ask me to help them optimize their computer or remove some malware, which has kept me relatively up to date on what’s going out there in the Windows world. But now I want to take it one step further and start blogging about my findings.

So, I’ve installed Windows XP and Windows 7 in VirtualBox which will allow me to test some malware without risking anything. I’ll try to post something a little now and then, like some details about some process that are commonly running or uninstall instructions for some malware or other types of unwanted software.

In case you want to email me:

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