What does the cisvc.exe file do?
The cisvc.exe process is also known as Content Index service and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of cisvc.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Content Index service has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Content Index service has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- cisvc.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module cisvc.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about cisvc.exe Content Index service
The original cisvc.exe file is definitely a Windows system file, but many viruses use the same name in order to remain unnoticed. The file cisvc.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 5,632 bytes (92% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 20,480 bytes.
The cisvc file is part of the operating system. The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The original file was created by Microsoft. The file itself can therefore be considered trustworthy. For this reason, 3% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A cisvc.exe file has a 56% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 558,592 bytes. There is no internal description of the file. The cisvc file is not part of the Windows operating system. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves cisvc.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about cisvc?
|Often authentic microsoft tool, but same name can be used by a keylogger. |
|Causes core to drop on windows XP Pro |
|microsoft, indexing service, can be enabled and disabled in "F3" search dialog |
|monitoring file for indexing service |
|i takes lots of ram |
Summary: 17 users judge cisvc.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 6 users consider it harmless. However, 11 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 5 users have already deleted cisvc.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall the program
To remove Content Index service from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate the program in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if cisvc.exe (Content Index service) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Content Index service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Content Index service or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or cisvc.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.