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Danger level 7
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Slow Computer

Settings Manager

Settings Manager is an adware helper. Its main purpose is to gain access to your computer. Once it does, this program installs a browser hijacker called default-search.net on your computer and takes care of it, managing and updating it whenever needed. Seeing as default-search.net is a very annoying program that gets on your computer silently, in other words, without your permission, there is absolutely no reason to keep Setting Manager on your computer. Read on to find out how to remove it.

The most likely way you got Settings Manager is by downloading a freeware bundle and being inattentive during its setup. This adware helper gets included together with various other pesky applications and one useful program. When a computer user doesn’t pay adequate attention to the installation steps, many undesirable programs could get on your computer. In the case of Settings Manager you get two for the price of one, as it is also linked with a browser hijacker.

If you’re reading this article, it’s quite likely that your homepage and default search engine have already been modified to default-search.net, which redirects your search queries to Yahoo. If having this application changes your preferred browser settings while using a known webpage to perform the function it should complete itself, why would you ever keep it on your computer? Remove Settings Manager from your system at once and go on to delete default-search.net as well. An in-depth article about this browser hijacker can be found on this website.

It has to be said that some adware helpers can sometimes function as normal adware applications. It could be true that Settings Manager is one of them. Adware usually gets access to your browsing information and uses it to figure out your hobbies or needs. With this information, it then starts showing you annoying pop-ups, banners, coupons, and other types of commercial advertisements. They could slow down your computer and negatively impact your web experience in other ways. We strongly argue for immediate Settings Manager removal.

There are two ways to get rid of Settings Manager. You can do it automatically or by hand. The biggest advantage of automatic removal with a professional malware removal is that it will scan your system, find any and all possible threats and delete them with one click of your mouse. Opposed to that, manual removal, while not particularly hard, cannot ensure that no more threats remain on your machine. Nevertheless, the instructions are provided below.

Settings Manager Removal

Windows 8

  1. Right-click the Metro UI screen and select All apps.
  2. Click Control Panel, go to Uninstall a program, and select Settings Manager.
  3. Click Uninstall.

Windows 7 and Windows Vista

  1. Click the Windows button and go to Control Panel.
  2. Click Uninstall a program, select Setting Manager, and click Uninstall.

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button and go to Control Panel.
  2. Click Add or Remove Programs, select Settings Manager, and click Remove.
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How to manually remove Settings Manager

Files associated with Settings Manager infection:

smdmfmgrc3.cfg
SystemkService.exe
systemkmgrc1.cfg
Internet Explorer Settings.exe
Systemkey.exe
systemku.exe
smdmfmgrc2.cfg
Uninstall.exe
syskldr.dll
tbicon.exe

Settings Manager DLL's to remove:

syskldr.dll

Settings Manager processes to kill:

tbicon.exe
systemku.exe
Internet Explorer Settings.exe
Uninstall.exe
SystemkService.exe
Systemkey.exe
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