2020Search is an Internet Explorer search toolbar with a silent update feature. From the vendor: "You understand, acknowledge and agree that installation of an Application permits the downloading to your computer by 2020search of software which allows us to update the Application, and that such updates may occur without notice to you ..." Source

Lavasoft reports that 2020Search downloads other software without notice and that the 2020Search uninstaller does not fully uninstall the application. McAfee, Spyware-Guide and PestPatrol classify 2020Search as adware. DoxDesk.com states that 2020Search changes the SearchPage setting to popuptoast.com, that 2020Search bundles ShopNav and that the uninstaller does not restore the SearchPage settings.

2020Search is powered by search results from ShopNav.


Changes browser settings
Silent updates


2020Search.dll, 2020SE~1.DLL, 2020install.exe, mssvr.exe, svchost.exe, irsetup.exe

If you have any of the files related to 2020Search on your system, please send them for additional analysis. Generally, I have only analysed a few versions for each software component listed at this web site. With your help I will be able to look at both old and more recent versions of the 2020Search software. Thank you very much for your time!

Log references

Log 1259


2020search.com whois

End User License Agreement


Privacy policy



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Uninstall procedure

Uninstall 2020Search from "Add/Remove Programs" in the Windows® Control Panel.

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Manual removal

Please follow the instructions below if you would like to remove 2020Search manually. Please notice that you must follow the instructions very carefully and delete everything that is mentioned. In most cases the removal will fail if one single item is not deleted. If 2020Search remains on your system after stepping through the removal instructions, please double-check by stepping through them again.

  1. Start the registry editor. This is done by clicking Start then Run. (The Run dialog will appear.) Type regedit and click OK. (The registry editor will open.)
  2. Delete 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Toolbar \ WebBrowser \ {4E1075F4-EEC4-4A86-ADD7-CD5F52858C31}, if it exists.
  3. Delete 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Toolbar \ {4E1075F4-EEC4-4a86-ADD7-CD5F52858C31}', if it exists.
  4. Delete 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Classes \ CLSID \ {4E1075F4-EEC4-4a86-ADD7-CD5F52858C31}', if it exists.
  5. Exit the registry editor.
  6. Restart your computer.
  7. Delete the following files:
    Note: %WinDir% is a variable (?). By default, this is C:\Windows (Windows 95/98/Me/XP) or C:\WINNT (Windows NT/2000).

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