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How to remove an SearchProtocolHost error


SearchProtocolHost.exe is a executable file (a program) for Windows. The filename extension .exe is the abbreviation for executable. 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 an application you can trust.

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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: 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. http://www.file.net/process/searchprotocolhost.exe.html 
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.

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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.



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User Comments

can be accessed by third parties to remotely search a computer for any indexed file.
   
It slows down everything and I don't need it for searches
  Chuck  
Christian: you see 2 copies because you're running 64-bit windows. The one in /Windows32 is to help with 64-bit apps; and the one is /SysWOW64 is for 32-bit apps ("obviously").
  Duke  
This file is not a virus or sypware. Is used by Windows Search service and is indexing almost everything you do. You can disable that buy going to MSconfig. However if the file is not in System32 its not an original file
  Pet  
I have a step to add. Even after stopping and disabling it from the Run...Services.msc window, it reasserts itself instantly in Task Manager. Therefore, in the same window, right-click on Windows Search and open Properties. Go to the Recovery tab and change the actions for the First and following failures to "Take No Action". This helped me to keep it from continually popping up.
  Terry  
avg detected it as a virus. i removed it and after a moment it came back!
  izzko  
It's for indexing files so that Windows can quickly find, when we search for keywords BUT there are many viruses triggered processes named searchhostprotocol.exe ,easy way to distinguish between them are look at the priviledge and trusted installer it will be windows if it true process otherwise it would be the user
  jishnuprathapmp  
SearchProtocolHost.exe is trustable, but i think that a virus is using its name (SearchProtocolHost.exe *32) in commandpromt. I got two, the real is in /Windows32, the other is in /SysWOW64
  Christian.  
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Summary: Average user rating of SearchProtocolHost.exe: based on 41 votes with 9 reviews.
8 users think SearchProtocolHost.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 9 users suspect danger. 14 users think SearchProtocolHost.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade SearchProtocolHost.exe ("not sure about it").


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