What does the SearchFilterHost.exe file do?
The SearchFilterHost.exe process is also known as Microsoft Windows Search Filter Host and is a part of Windows Search or, as the case may be, Microsoft Windows Operating System. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of SearchFilterHost.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Microsoft Windows Search Filter Host has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Microsoft Windows Search Filter Host 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)
- SearchFilterHost.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module SearchFilterHost.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about SearchFilterHost.exe Microsoft Windows Search Filter Host
The original SearchFilterHost.exe file is definitely a Windows system file, but many viruses use the same name in order to remain unnoticed. SearchFilterHost.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 86,528 bytes (42% of all these files), 87,552 bytes as well as 10 other variants.
The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. To verify its trustworthiness, Microsoft has provided it with an embedded certificate. For this reason, 7% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A SearchFilterHost.exe file has a 33% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows. In this case, the file size is usually 113,664 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 87,552 bytes. This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The SearchFilterHost file is not part of the Windows operating system.
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 SearchFilterHost.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 SearchFilterHost?
|Part of Windows Desktop Search (further information...) |
|regarding to vista it appears to be part of their new all singing all dancing search indexer and though it speeds up file searches ultimately slow your entire os |
|I got it off by uninstalling Windows Desktop Search |
|The first time I hear abot it was when outlook 2007 ask me about to chek on (further information...) |
Summary: 4 users judge SearchFilterHost.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. However, 2 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net
How to uninstall Windows Search or the program
To remove Microsoft Windows Search Filter Host 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 Windows Search or the program in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if SearchFilterHost.exe (Microsoft Windows Search Filter Host) 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 Microsoft Windows Search Filter Host. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Microsoft Windows Search Filter Host 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 SearchFilterHost.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.
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