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?

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