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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.
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?????????????