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#1 JXBlack


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Posted 31 October 2009 - 06:11 AM

Do I need WindowsSearch.exe? If not,how do I permanently get rid of it?


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Posted 31 October 2009 - 07:48 AM

If it's not causing any problems, keep it. It's from Microsoft, so I'm thinking it's a core file/process. Keep it, unless it significantly bugs you. If it does, write back, I will tell you how to kill it.

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 07:55 AM

Go to top of page and click on Startup List. This should help you JXBlack. Just type in WindowsSearch.exe.

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 08:41 AM

You have the MSN search toolbar installed?

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 11:33 AM

Windows Search 4.0 was developed for Vista...then made available as an optional install for XP users.

Since we are in the XP forum...I suggest taking a look in Add/Remove Programs...and uninstalling it, if it is reflected there.

It is unnecessary and has created problems for various users.


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Posted 12 July 2010 - 08:32 PM

don't know if this thread is active now but I have an occurrence of windowssearch.exe (not sure if 2 S's) on a clients machine which is started at startup and is in a folder that is totally invisible. It did have an entry shown in MSCONFIG. I disabled it. The folder name is DOS progra~1\WI3485~1 (don't remember the exact numbers) under windows XP.
It sure smell like a virus. It also started giving me startup errors after running a virus scan - I assume it was looking for a file that was quarantined.
Most search hit say it is a valid file but this one smells. Anyone have any visibility into such a file?????????????

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