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Remove the Search Helper Extension from Firefox

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If you found a new surprise extension added to Firefox after the June Patch from Microsoft, then you are likely to be rather unhappy right now. Join us as we show you how to remove the Search Helper extension from your browser.

An Unexpected Addition to Your Extensions

You may be wondering what the new mysterious extension that showed up is for. Its’ purpose is to help the Bing Toolbar better integrate with your browser. Unless you have the Bing Toolbar installed you really do not need this cluttering your browser up. So how do you get rid of it?


Removing the Extension

In order to remove the extension you will need to navigate to the following location:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Search Enhancement Pack\Search Helper

Once there delete the “firefoxextension folder”…that is all there is to it. If you want to remove the search helper add-on for Internet Explorer then delete the “SEPsearchhelperie.dll file” while you are here.

Note: You may need to have administrator rights in order to delete the folder.


No more Search Helper Extension!


If you are unhappy about this update being snuck into your system, following these instructions will remove it.

Microsoft Support Page About Update KB982217

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 06/11/10

Comments (17)

  1. Aethec

    I think the Search Helper only installs if you have the Bing toolbar…it didn’t install on my system.
    But Microsoft really needs to learn what you can and can’t do to other products using WU…

  2. McCoy Pauley

    “Microsoft”.”Without the user’s knowledge”. “Helper”. Pretty much tells me everything I need to know.

  3. Chappers

    There seems to be another problem associated with this set of Windows updates: Firefox now uses Bing for one-word searches, ignoring the settings in keyword.URL. There seems to be a fair storm on Mozilla’s forums about it, but no one seems to have found a solution yet.

  4. cdbob

    Searched for the patch kb982217 and in Firefox for the Helper extension and found neither on my XP PC.
    How did I get so lucky?

  5. HydroKirby

    I’ve read that only people with either the Bing toolbar or the MSN toolbar would be affected.

  6. brgulker

    Just another example of why I want nothing to do with Microsoft … so glad I found Ubuntu a few years ago. I don’t imagine ever looking back.

  7. trevor

    Email from Microsoft Windows Update Support to me:

    “From the problem description, I understand that you want to uninstall Search Helper Extension. Please feel free to let me know if I misunderstood.

    I understand the inconvenience you have experienced. Please be assured that I will do my best to resolve the issue.

    After researching for a long time, I found the following article if you were using firefox as third party browser.

  8. kenny

    File location doesn’t exist. Please update.

  9. Michael

    Just another example of how absolutely sleazy the Internet has become. It is a veritable cesspool.

    This is no worse than he “Google Search and in-your-face-chrome-suggestions” that happen on most people’s systems.

    The only casualties of the Big Boy wars (Adobe, MS, Google, Apple) are all of you end users. I adore both FF and IE and am tired of “Big Boy” suggestions on what I should or shouldn’t do with my add-ons, add-ins (or whatever they’re called this week) and customizations to my Browsers that I love.

    The latest FF recommendation of removing the “Search Extension” is nothing more than bull. They’re just pissed that IE9 has removed the billion dollar top right search box!

    FF has some serious issues and IE less so now. I use each – when applicable – for their strengths.

    This is just another major example of sheep being herded by corporate America. Stop being herded and learn about what’s really going on. Slashdot is a good place to start.


  10. Michael

    Credit to this site that you don’t have to be a member to write a valid comment!


    muchacho tengo un problemaa cada ves q quiero ver una pela o un canal de mi pais por internet en lugar de la imagen de video me sale en la esquina superior dercha un pequenño cuadrado con unas imagenes pequeñitas y el video no saleee ni parece naa tengo internet explorer 8 ayudenme por favorr

  12. Nick

    Thanks for the “step by step” on how to uninstall this Firefox add-on. It is much appreciated!

  13. Nick

    …or should I say “how-to” … :)

  14. Charles Duwel

    For me, on Windows 7, the “Search Enhancement Pack\Search Helper” folder you mentioned is in “Program Data” not “Program Files” and there is no “firefoxextension folder” or any dlls. Aside from that good job.
    Do you have any other ideas on how I can get rid of this? The Options, Enable and Uninstall buttons are always grayed out.

  15. Asian Angel

    @Charles Duwel – Ok, it appears that Microsoft is setting up files in two spots (Program Files & Program Data). To double check things I just installed the Bing Bar using the latest Windows Live Essentials install file and the “Search Helper” showed up in the same exact location as shown above.

    C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Search Enhancement Pack\Search Helper\firefoxextension

    And like you I also found a second set of not exactly identical files here:

    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search Enhancement Pack

    Unless you want or need the Bing Bar, my recommendation is to just uninstall it to get rid of the Search Helper. ^_^

  16. Hmm

    In my case I just had to uninstall Bing Bar from Add/Remove programs and all this crap went away.

  17. Aravis

    It isn’t listed in my extensions. It isn’t listed in my Program Files. It isn’t in my Program Data. I can’t find it anywhere, and I can’t make it go away! I use Windows 7.

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