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#1 allicat1307

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 01:10 AM

My laptop has been a little sluggish lately but other than some programs that seem to have been uninstalled that I don't recall uninstalling I haven't been having any major issues other than fan running crazy loud or for long periods as is the case that brought me here today. I was online checking email and battery almost died. Screen went black and when it did I quickly plugged the laptop in. I hit enter to get it to come back on and when it did fan just went crazy! I opened task manager to see if CPU was spiking on anything in particular and that's when I noticed there are presently 80+ instances of SearchProtocolHost.exe presently running on my machine. Since I believe this program has something to do with the index it seems strange that there would be so many instances running. Thinking about it my search function has been messed up over the last week, as well. Unsure why because I made no changes of any kind. It suddenly started not finding anything for the most part. For example if I search for .txt in Documents it says none are found even though there are 60+ .txt files in that folder. I am using Windows 7 and my machine is 64bit. I hope I put this in correct forum. Please accept my apology if i made a mistake and thanks in advance for any help you can offer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 08:08 AM

SearchProtocolHost.exe is part of the Windows Indexing Search Service. The process is constantly indexing files for faster searches and is designed to do this when the system is idle. These are common processes/services related to Windows Indexing Search which can contribute to slow performance....many users do not need this feature so it can be disabled.

C:\WINDOWS\system32\SearchIndexer.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\SearchProtocolHost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\SearchFilterHost.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Desktop Search\WindowsSearch.exe

How to Enable or Disable Search Index in Vista and Windows 7
Windows Search 4.0: Enable or disable Instant Search

For more information about disabling unnecessary startup programs and services and other ways to improve performance, please refer to Slow Computer/Browser? Check here first; it may not be malware.
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Posted 25 October 2013 - 05:43 AM

Thanks I will try it!



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 07:58 AM

You're welcome and good luck.
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