Is searchsettings.exe safe or is this malware?

Purpose of searchsettings.exe:

searchsettings.exe file purpose and description:

SearchSettings.exe is a software program which would have been installed by you, it would not have arrived preinstalled. The hard drive location for this file is also shown below so you can verify this is not spyware or virus related, as often spyware or virus programs will use a similiar name or identical name and place them in other directories. This SearchSettings.exe program can alter your default search provider in your browser. I would remove this immediately if this was on my computer. This is also difficult to remove, which is another red flag as t hey didn't make a simple install to get rid of it. I consider this a browser hijacker and it should be removed. You may even see your searches going to some random default like which is clearly where you dont want to be. Be carefull when downloading free software like youtube downloader, as these are where spyware and hijackers come from. (There is a reason why software is free, people have to make money somewhere so be on high alert if installing freeware!) (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)

File type:
This is an executable program.

Where is the file or folder located on my computer?
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Spigot\Search Settings\SearchSettings.exe is where this will be found on your hard drive.

General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, searchsettings.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of searchsettings.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!