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#1 Micallen

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Posted 27 February 2008 - 02:50 PM

How can I disable this feature, and if I do, will it cause any problems?

At times, my work computer slows, and the task manager shows Searchfilterhost.exe and a few other related applications using a lot of CPU. I can hear the H.D. chattering big time and task manager shows CPU use at 77%.

Edited by Micallen, 27 February 2008 - 03:02 PM.

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Posted 27 February 2008 - 03:34 PM

For information on Searchfilterhost.exe see this link: http://www.processlibrary.com/directory/fi...earchfilterhost

It is not a critical component, so you can probably disable it. In task manager, select the process and click 'End Process' or right click and select 'End Process'.

#3 Micallen

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Posted 27 February 2008 - 03:50 PM

Oh, I forgot to mention. It's immortal. You can "end task" on all 3 processes, and they come right back. I'll read the link you provided and see what I can find.

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Posted 28 February 2008 - 12:41 PM

SOLUTION FOUND:

One of the other processes is searchindexer.exe. Anyway, I found a solution which I'm posting below. With regards to Groucho43 on another forum:


Your searchindexer.exe process comes from your Windows Search service. You can turn it off by opening your Services folder (click Start, Run, type services.msc and click OK), changing the Windows Search service startup type from Automatic to Manual and then clicking Stop the service. Hope this is helpful.

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Posted 28 February 2008 - 12:56 PM

FYI: From what I see....that all relates to Windows Vista, not any earlier version of Windows.

I don't see such files on my XP Home system.

http://www.processlibrary.com/directory/files/searchindexer

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Posted 28 February 2008 - 01:06 PM

FYI: From what I see....that all relates to Windows Vista, not any earlier version of Windows.

I don't see such files on my XP Home system.

http://www.processlibrary.com/directory/files/searchindexer

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That's how the topic started (Windows Vista). Then others chimed in with the same problem in Win XP. I'm running XP Pro, and never had the problem myself until the past 2 or 3 months. I assume something I've loaded OR a windows "update" triggered the start of the problems.

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Posted 28 February 2008 - 01:45 PM

Well, if I had a file on my system that related to a version of Windows which I don't have, I think I'd treat it as malware until proven otherwise. It would not hurt.

Malware often disguises itself as bona fide system files.

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Posted 03 September 2008 - 10:20 AM

I recently started having problems with this also. I think that it was installed with the new Windows search protocol (Windows Search 4.0 I think it was...) Anyways, I'm going to dump that piece of garbage because it's given me nothing but grief since I installed it. I'll let everyone know if I'm still having problems with searchfilterhost.exe after I uninstall the new search.

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Posted 03 September 2008 - 10:36 AM

Sounds like a good decision.

From what I've read about the Windows Search 4.0 program...I don't see where anything is gained and it just adds another process to those already running in a Windows that seems to meet the search needs of many users.

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 11:53 PM

My Dell Precision workstation laptop was grinding away....I am running XP Pro.

I, too, found searchfilterhost.exe and the other two search processes running away and pegging my processor. Thanks to the solution above of disabling the search feature using services.msc, I stopped that B... S....

Things are much quieter now. Thanks to Micallen.

Edited by rheitel, 16 November 2008 - 11:55 PM.


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Posted 03 December 2008 - 11:36 AM

I had the same problem as rheitel with my Dell Precision Solution seems to have worked well. Thanks to all.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 11:53 AM

nevermind

Edited by Michael-Anthony, 03 December 2008 - 11:54 AM.


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Posted 03 December 2008 - 01:41 PM

So, I switched searchfilterhost to manual and stopped it. That worked fine until I rebooted (cold boot). It's still on manual, but something called it up and it's chugging the HD between 5 and 20% usage. What hapens if I just disable that puppy? I have Google Desktop search; any interaction there? Thanks in advance.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 01:48 PM

it looks like it may. try uninstalling both (windows search and google desktop) then reinstalling google desktop...

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 06:22 PM

I am running XP Pro and last week my computer started running Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry slow.
I could see that searchfilterhost.exe was tacking all available memory.
I uninstalled Windows Search 4.0 and everything seems to be OK.

Thank you everyone, this was a tremendous help.




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