What is sp.exe? Is sp.exe spyware or a virus?

How to fix sp.exe related problems?
1. Run Security Task Manager to check your sp process
2. Run Windows Repair Tool to repair sp.exe related Windows Errors
3. Run MalwareBytes to remove persistent malware

Process name: ntsearch Adware BHO

Product: Cool Web Search

Company: ntsearch

File: sp.exe

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This causes Internet Explorer users to get hijacked to www.ntsearch.com. The solution is to put the process into quaratine using Security Task Manager. www.neuber.com/taskmanager/process/sp.exe.html 

If you can not remove sp.exe (because you can not locate it, or it is in use), download Security Task Manager. This program can kill the process, delete or quarantine this file, or just list all security related information about this file and all other running background processes.

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Average user rating of sp.exe: based on 146 votes. Read also the 111 reviews.

  • 464 users ask for this file. 7 users rated it as not dangerous. One user rated it as not so dangerous. 19 users rated it as neutral. 38 users rated it as little bit dangerous. 81 users rated it as dangerous. 15 users didn't rate it ("don't know").

All comments about sp.exe:
Can annoy IE6 as it install itself with the toolbar, and IE won't function properly with certain sites. (Screen turns into gray) G.H.
it blocks Panda Virus Scan, Panda's online scan is below  See also: Link Peter Tavinor
I believe it to be a form of spyware. more of a pain in the arse for hotmail users if anything. remove in safe mode, by searching win dir and registry. Simon Halcrow
problems with hotmail KKWW
seems to be linked with browser hijacking malware.
 See also: Link Joe
spyware , cant surf with him when he run on the local computer make 100% cpu too  See also: Link Ben alamio
 See also: Link
I found in my root (C:\ that is) on W2k. G.H. is right, screen does turn gray on mail.com and operamail.com. I killed the process and deleted the sp.exe and no problemo since. el_bibiq
It make IE pages white and seems too be memory resistent. It can be removed with HijackThis but the next day it´s back again. Placed in root of C: drive. Zyklone
It refreshes your IE browser and shows a blank page and gives a lot of Page Not Found error on random sites Francis Kwang
the file may get lost some programs when their are runnig, because the windows that it open interrup the conection of those programs Alejandro
it take control over you ( I think its illigal spware that do anything without your awareness, and I think it have something to do with Netsearch dave
It can't be deleted, it was created when I was surfing on the Internet, it is annoying and I hate it! Xammer
I've just discovered it, it is located on the path C:\sp.exe, on my comp, and is every second refering to Hard Disk. Reading files "~CLBCATQ.DLL" located in system32 folder and also the file shdocvw.dll. Also hi has opened handle for ksecdd.sys service. this is a security service and why it needs it, if the sp is neutral, than?. timer, security, and resident == NOT neutral George kakabadze
nothing but the system is sure slow and a pop up shows after i enter my videos folder an error msg snake
definately virus like. it makes IE closed automatically Yang
Makes your IE6 unable to show frames in HTML. KM
It file very dangerous. Grania
spyware that causes damage to IE Sladjan
spybot says it's a spyware Y
link to ntsearch.com site. Very annoying and problem in accessing emails pluto
It completely messes up my Internet Explorer, and Powerpoint and Outlook also seem to be affected Theresa Willerup
Disturbing Internet explorer Sphinx
this file causes a problem to your browser every time you try to open a page the browser turns the charecters in your page into question marks and doesnt allow you to surf safely. what you need to do is to go and check in your registry and search for the file and delete it evey think will be back to normal then jehad batal
attacks secure site certificates, remove it from startup and delete the file immediately greg bennett
Turn some website into white or gray with IE6 and "invent" hyperlinks with some words like money, web, news etc... Annoyed
this file block hotmail pages. can not access to check mails and block internet explorer closing all. ever_net
Spyware or trojan - It usually installs to C:\sp.exe, doesnt bring up any icon which is sneaky. Also will not let you delete it as it is running as a service. Hit cntrl alt delete and stop the service / end now and then you can delete it. I think spybot can block it but did not remove the .exe, I had to do this manually. It has gotten so bad on the net lately, I find myself running spybot and ad aware every few days. The most innocent sites can have this crap. Geoff_s
Virus: blank page with frame IE6. Avast didn't see anything. you must stop process sp.exe and kill in boot and in register. hobiecat
it gives continuous popup "IE ERROR" pravin
when it 'infects' your computer, you get a 'operation aborted' error and some sites cannot be accessed Marius van Wyk
I had it on my puter an couldnt get rid..puter slowed down an acted very weird I believe its a virus..stop it by "end task" in "running processes" then find location in your puter an delete it!! spen
it blocking site that have a security pp
Work like a virus when is active, block the acess to the e-mail settings, and sometimes close all IE operations. To finish your activity, you have to close it in Task Manager, but remove it from system I don´t know (try deleting from registry). Overkill_Brasil
it comes in with imesh (when started) then tries to take over computer when running some programs
It makes my disk where AVG is installed unreachable!! Thomas
We had it on two of our machines. As has been said it resides as c:\sp.exe. Use task manager to stop the process, then delete it. Do a search for NTSearch and unistall that. You will have to do a download to uninstall NTSearch, don't worry it does not put something else on your machine in its place. Good luck all. Jon Buxton
i had it on my computer and does not allow my ie to open frames, also redirect search to ntsearch.com maanu
makes links from words like money, cash, net, web, etc and makes it absolutely impossible to use hotmail. Luthien
block hotmail pages and changes the way you see other pages, is located at C:\, just remove it from startup and delete it wakko
Its spyware Carlos
delete its reference in registry and in windows\prefetch, then reboot and erase sp.exe under system root directory (usually C:) Gilla
searching for more info about this fella. Hijacks web page and does not allow java to run. About 5 PC hit in the organisation i work for. Manually stop service, remove from registry startup, and then delete file. JonP
View source did not work for me from ie, and 2 ie process was running all the time and was not able to kill the ie process too. Its very annoying santosh.
Annoying little bugger... As temporary solution just end the process in Task Manager. It stops the problems with some sites temporarily! Mr J
Blocks internet Connection MaD
won´t let you open some websites. Check symantec website to remove this file.  See also: Link F Trevino
Drives me crazy iCQ
What a pain, screw my wifes system daily. Search Registry for sp.exe and delete. Also search and destry gp.exe, gp2.exe, pout.exe and pin.exe this is a rehash of an old bastard virus. To search registry just type regedit in the the run box when it pops press ctrl and f to search and f3 key to find the next incident. Compression
it totally block the entire internet session, some downloads and public and personal pages as mails it doesnt let them open, been trying to delete but it has been imposible. HELPĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ ERNIE
CLOSING THE SP.EXE PROCESS let you view the java sites. Giulio Cesare
SP.exe as the main file. Blocks/changes/currupts internet pages. Hard to uninstall - Ad-aware can remove it as a temp measure, but it does come back. May cause pop-ups but this could be unrelated. Linked to NTsearch by finding key words and puts it into the search engine. More annoying then dangerous. Robinb
I found the process as sp.exe in the root drive of drive C: I deleted it from the drive, and from the registry. problem was resolved. :-) markgusto
As it´s been said earlier, it turns the screen grey or white in certain sites. It is easy to clean with the programme "hijackthis". just look for the reg entry that ends with sp.exe and delete it  See also: Link Micke Sundqvist
Stupid Adware, the government should sue ntsearch.com! Joe
Epson Smart Panel
Destroy's your computer's abilty to think or use hotmail Christof
has the following files in it, Dc2.exe and A0016151.exe. Trendmicro says it is TROJ_Spooner.b  See also: Link Katherine
It closes several running applications, like RegEdit, Ad-Aware and Office applications. Surfing the Internet brings up several pop-up windows, such as mobile ring-tones, on-line gambling, making-money sites. Sometime you cannot surf certain sites, like italian portal Tiscali. Deleting this file (in c:\) isn't enough, must search in registry or services. IT novices could be in serious difficulty. skagway
not detected by avg, try to delete the executable c:\sp.exe, if you cant delete it from windows, go to the command prompt and delete it there. the file has not caused any damage to my computer, only some worries on how it got onto my drive. chrissie chris
this file too much painc , block , like adware. Sadiq Solkar
I get problems with some sites on internet. Yngve
This is very annoying, My spy-ware and anti virus couldn't find it. In the end I stopped it running by going to Ctrl, Alt & Delete, then doing a search for all .exe on my hard drive and it came up on my route, I deleted it from there. Hopefully it will stay gone. Annoyed
its not that dangerous, just annoying, and any page with minor script errors completely dies. open regedit.exe and search for then delete any reference to sp.exe and also, it stores itself in your temp folder, and temporary internet files. so delete those too. (its a good idea to clear them out anyway, they mostly just waste space) maddox rox
I removed it by using STM, but it wasn't easy DeaTH
Use msconfig to prevent it running at start up. then delete it from C:\ and all will be well. Rastanearian
I wanted to thank you guys for the info. ntsearch is *** s***. Don´t use it Martin Crescimo
I found 3 results of this file (sp.exe) have deleted all, and I really purprised when I found a link as a "value" in my regedit, it's: ms-its:mhtml:file://C:\foo.mht!http://www.free32.com/POP.CHM::/sp.exe , do not click/compy paste it into your web browser!! , maybe it's the link which we first time we got the file from , cheak : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Code Store Database/Distribution Unites/HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Code Store Database\Distribution Units\{10000000-1000-0000-1000-000000000000}/Downloadinformation/CODEBASE then cheak the file value Khalid
Will use tons of CPU cylces and display popup ie errors every couple of seconds. Logs key entries too. Very nasty spyware. Alex T
SP.EXE stopped access to many webpages including this one. Ctrl, Alt Del allows you to end program, then can delete it using Windows Explorer. Also noted Norton and No adware looked straight through the program until I disabled it and put itin the trashcan. Then and only then did Norton Antivirus recognise it as Adware software. I am now having problems updating Norton Antivirus using the live update facility Steve Churchman
Thanks for the info about that sp.exe. I was wondering why my internet explorer can't open some pages and I couldn't delete that Adware for the first time but I deleted it by using windows task manager Manila
Epson Smart Panel
very bad, run the safe mode, and then run the AV, and all the army of spysweeper u have , it should do the trick TArek
key logger - check out link!  See also: Link Thomas
It refreshes your Internet explorer browser and shows a blank page and gives a lot of Page Not Found error on random sites sunil madkar
Was downloaded onto computer even with firewall on, but i discovered it almost right away. Causes huge problem with IE as it displays grey screens and turns random words into search links. Remove by killing the process in Task Manager (ctrl+alt+del), then delete sp.exe in c:. Also delete a related file named sp-xxxxxxx.pf under C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch. xxxxxxx are random numbers. If you can't find the files, search on the computer by typing in sp.exe. good luck. Theresa
Annoying, potentionally dangerous, but easy to remove bob
Very annoying, you get links to www.netserach.com on every site you visit with your IE, can be removed with spybot. Naoe Ney
All what is said above, plus that it uses most of you cpu after the computer has been turned on for a while.
it does nothing, it just sat there in my C drive doing nothing 3vil
Not so dangerous but very hard-to-die;5 different AV and Adware programs haven't been able to delete it definitely.
It prevents you from "mark message as read" in yahoo mail, and annoys the hell out of browsing hotmail.Sometimes if you cut and paste text from a website it puts embedded ntsearch links in it. Eddie
there is a virus trying to access the computer when opening this page. (HTML script virus HTML/Exploit.Mhtml) mo
Spyware. It hijack ie, links 2 page you don't want. slow your computer down. Even spyware doctor can't delete it from my computer.
In my PC it is in c:\ and in registry.To remove this delete the sp.exe c:\ and in registry "hkey current user\software\microsoft\windows\current version\run". Ganesh
I have had it a couple of times.. and it is not always true that you can clean out your temp files and run spybot adaware and change your redgedit and get rid of it you my have to surch for the deployer program. wich can be placed almost any were on you comp try searching the rundll32 file first though
i dont know what it is but i see it is very dangerous, i wasnt able to remove that bastard i had to rewrite windows, at the end it has blocked norton, pop-up blocker, and it was always putting stupid popup on my desktop. my pc worked so slow that i couldnt play any games or use applications. ThunderstrucK
creates tonnes of other files while ur surfin. It pisses me of because u cant really trust ur pc while ur having this sp.exe in ur system... There's a link here which tells u about hijackthis, but it's in french.  See also: Link rob
I obtained it when spelled google.com wrong. Site autoloads it. Also connects to about:blank adware which changes your homepage. Al
Its easy to remove. Open the Windows Task Manager and click Processes tab. Find sp.exe and click 'End Process'. Delete the sp.exe from c:\
It pops up at various times, causes Internet explorer symbol to show up over 20 times as all running at same time then locks up the computer. When I start up in Safe Mode then go to msconfig to get to startup I remove the check on the file sp so it can not appear at startup. I then use Zone Alarm firewall at startup. This seems to allow me to use the computer and internet for a long time without problems, But the next time I use the computer the sp file is already placed with a check so that it loads at startup.. James Morgan Scott, Jr.
have been trying for three months to get rid of it. can identify it, delete the se.dll file, delete related log files, but it always returns. it's the startup file sp that I cannot find and destroy. Olaf
That spybot can stop it. go to start up list then stop it. (sturn on teatimer first.don't let it change any registy entry Mausau2000
Causes frequent system hangs, easy to delete from safe-mode. Faux
Pop ups all over the place mausau2000
err, just put XP on computer, (upgrade from 98). when i was on 98, it crashed every three hours, and made computer run really slow ben
just a message from winXP when i shut down the PC... didn't bother me when on- or offline, maybe because i don't use IE or any other microsoft-program besides XP ?!?
I have found at myself. Has found the information on it on http://www.dbvirus.com/, and their antivirus all has cured!  See also: Link Den
Mal-ware Category. DUH  See also: Link ×÷·.·´Ż`· Phillip ·´Ż`·.·÷×
Because of sp.exe, a "Control Center" (with a window title of "Private Center") comes out right after my Windows XP is started. The only choice is "Fix problems" and then "Install antivirus." After I hit "Install antivirus," it came the message "Navigation to the webpage was canceled," in the window of "Antivirus software installing." (Same results appeared in different cities.) I could kill this "Privacy center" after trying for three or four times in Task Manager (ctrl+alt+del), in which "Privacy Center" is the only task. After it was killed, nothing appear and I could do nothing. Wen
malware. It blocks windows updates and running virus programs. Lee
unsafe Prout
Mozilla Firefox had some issues when this was on the computer. Jim
I Use OPENDNS for domain name servers. The link above 'Cool Web Search' which is ntsearch.com is blocked as malware. That tells me all I need to know when removing adware from friends computers. John (retired IT specialist)
Completes with other programs for CPU power, Can cause computer slow downs due to this. Easy to remove, associated with yahoo browser and Search protection program. Kharcov
Malwarebytes identifies it as a keylogger. Kathy
Will constantly change your search engine to Yahoo... and is generally unwanted malicious in nature.
I read about sp.exe here. After that i ended this process from task manager. Now my laptop's CPU usage is reduced. nd also my laptop over heating reduced. Tanmoy Mazumder
Well, it has to be some spyware, because I have had several hijack attempts at my Hotmail. This probably is the demon SG
Not dangerous if hosted unlinked on your web server even if you did happen to use "non standard" compression on the executable  See also: Link SecurityNow McListenerGuy

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