SUPERAntiSpyware scan of system on April 23, 2017

I ran a SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition scan of a Microsft Windows 10 system on April 23, 2017. It reported that it found Search Protection noting "Search Protection is a program that may display advertisements and is bundled with other potentially unwanted programs." It reported that it found a registry key associated with Search Protection, HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\SearchProtectionService.

SUPERAntiSpyware found
Search Protection

I ran regedit and checked that registry key.

Regedit Search Protection key

When I checked the value of the ImagePath key, I found its value was "C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Web Companion\Application\Lavasoft.SearchProtect.WinService.exe". Since the key was associated with another antivirus program from Lavasoft, that I had installed on the system some time ago, I chose Skip These to proceed with the SUPERAntiSpyware scan. I had seen SUPERAntispyware flag the SearchProtectionService registry key previously.

When SUPERAntiSpyware completed its scan, it reported it found 1,161 items.

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SUPERAntiSpyware found 1,161 items

Of the 1,161 items it found, though, 1,158 were Adware.Tracking cookies, which are relatively innocuous.

SUPERAntiSpyware found during scan

The PUP.Koyote/Variant items it found were related to a zip file I had created from files associated with prior malware detected on the system.

When I had it remove the cookies it found, I noticed it was referencing COOKIES.SQLITE; Firefox stores information about HTTP cookies in an SQLite database, so I presume it was removing the references from that database.

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