Is SearchProtocolHost.exe safe?
SearchProtocolHost.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if SearchProtocolHost.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.
SearchProtocolHost.exe file information
The process known as Microsoft Windows Search Protocol Host belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Windows Search or Microsoft Windows Search Protocol Host by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).
Description: SearchProtocolHost.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The file SearchProtocolHost.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32.
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 184,832 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 182,784 bytes and 10 more variants.
The program is not visible. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. It is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 11% dangerous; however you should also read the users reviews.
Recommended: Identify SearchProtocolHost.exe related errors
If SearchProtocolHost.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 19% dangerous. The file size is 373,760 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 184,832 bytes and 4 more variants. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. The file is a Microsoft signed file.
Important: Some malware disguises itself as SearchProtocolHost.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the SearchProtocolHost.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.
Security Task Manager shows all running Windows tasks including embedded hidden functions (e.g. keyboard or browser monitoring, autostart entry). A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware, keylogger or a Trojan.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, malware and tracking threats from your hard disk. Ideal supplement to Security Task Manager.
SpeedUpMyPC scans, cleans, repairs and optimizes your computer.
logwatnt.exe avshadow.exe spyprotector.exe SearchProtocolHost.exe csrcs.exe wisptis.exe netsession_win.exe searchindexer.exe dllml.exe iesdsg.dll btdna.exe [all]