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What does the SearchIndexer.exe file do?

The SearchIndexer.exe process is also known as Microsoft Windows Search Indexer or, as the case may be, Windows Appliction and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System or, as the case may be, Windows Search. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of SearchIndexer.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about SearchIndexer.exe Microsoft Windows Search Indexer

The original SearchIndexer.exe file is definitely a Windows system file, but many viruses use the same name in order to remain unnoticed. SearchIndexer.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 439,808 bytes (50% of all these files), 427,520 bytes as well as 14 other variants.
This particular software does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. To verify its trustworthiness, Microsoft has provided it with an embedded certificate. The SearchIndexer file is not part of the Windows operating system. For this reason, 12% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A SearchIndexer.exe file has a 46% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\. In this case, the file size is usually 4,096 bytes. The application has a visible window, and can be closed by clicking the red X button.. This file does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: Run, MACHINE\Run). SearchIndexer.exe does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. SearchIndexer.exe appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files.

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 SearchIndexer.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 SearchIndexer?

i think its Microsoft Desktop Search...it comes with Office 2007
Belongs to Windows Desktop Search (further information...)
want to remove it
Allows Microsoft to index areas, so when you search later its faster to find things in that indexed file
Seems to bog down computer while indexing

Summary: 11 users judge SearchIndexer.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 3 users consider it harmless. However, 14 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 4 users have already deleted SearchIndexer.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall the program or Windows Search

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To remove Microsoft Windows Search Indexer from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for the program or Windows Search in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if SearchIndexer.exe (Microsoft Windows Search Indexer) 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 Indexer. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Microsoft Windows Search Indexer 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 SearchIndexer.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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