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Users Opinions

Average user rating of SearchIndexer.exe: based on 63 votes. Read also the 48 reviews.

1141 users ask for this file. 11 users rated it as not dangerous. 3 users rated it as not so dangerous. 31 users rated it as neutral. 14 users rated it as little bit dangerous. 4 users rated it as dangerous. 4 users didn't rate it ("don't know").


All comments about SearchIndexer.exe:
i think its Microsoft Desktop Search...it comes with Office 2007  
Belongs to Windows Desktop Search  See also: Link   Alex
want to remove it   Duncan
Allows Microsoft to index areas, so when you search later its faster to find things in that indexed file   Ben
Seems to bog down computer while indexing  
that it belong to the new update of windows live messenger, gets installed with the new update, as some more future's...   Droppie
used by the Microsoft Desktop Search program   kmmatney
Runs with itunes  
When it runs, my computer practically comes to a halt. When I "catch" as it starts up (as seen on the Task manager) and "end" it, I am OK. It may be a virus/spyware but Spyware Doc has NOT found it when scanning.   Charlotte H
keeps both my processors running at 80-100% all the time  
SearchIndexer.exe is an substantial part of Microsoft’s operating system VISTA. It is stated as a service called Windows Search. On most systems it causes slow responses of the system because it takes all the resources to scan certain aspects, which can cause the system not to response for several seconds. As a test you might disable this service without any danger to check if the system is working better (with viewer or non system stops). You might notice that if your browsing that the system is searching a bit longer, but it should not cause a hang-up or system stop for several seconds.   ArtIT
F-Secure thinkis it's malware on my system.   Nobody Special
It is the service that runs with Windows Desktop Search, Disable this in your Services.msc and it will be removed... its not harmfull, dangerous just microsoft trying to something that you probebly dont want, It comes as a windows update recently.   Marc Sleigh
Microsoft Response to Google Desktop .   Max
it is Windows Search 4.0 uninstall in add and remove programs   blaster
SearchIndexer  
Apparently, this file is part of the OS but i do know that it is also a softspot for spyware and other malware. My Sys Admin guy, manually removed the virus from the registry and it effected my windows search indexer (he is not too comfortable with Vista). So, I have tried several fixes such as modifying the HKEY for SetUpSuccessful to 0, and installing Hotfixes. So far, I have not been able to fix anything and am hoping that reinstalling the SPK1 will help.   Dougr
Searchindexer is part of the Windows Desktop Search Addon from the update site and is as annoying as hell when allowed to run, I recommend removing it, it is not vital to the OS running  See also: Link   Caldazar
You can disable it by going to Start - Run - services.msc then find Windows Search in the list and disable it.   Brad
Windows Desktop Search Indexer   Lance
Had to call Microsoft Support I was still under warrenty for Office 2007   Ken
Microsoft search tools, most like desktop search. Automatically respawns even when terminated. Anooying and crap   Daniel
It's desktop search, uses alot of RAM though (piece of sh*t microsoft program.)   Chris
hogs up the resources on my Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 64-bit vista installed dell inspiron 530. Still blazing fast cause of RAM but no doubt the index service is slowing it down. Cheers from America.  See also: Link   Sanzee
halts your pc. uninstall windows search 4.0  
its took up over 800,000 k from my memory, tried deleteing it in vista wouldn't let me booted to linux and deleted it from there computer runs fine without and i got but 800,000 k of memory   Brendan
I dont think its dangerous but it may have effect on your computer. i think this program only slows your pc conection slower with games, kind requads Joey   Joey
just another lacking deamon/process by MS. Nothing to worry about.   GNU/Linux
Part of Windows Search, poorly engineered, disable via Services   DAGwyn
safe, but useless microsoft feature, slows computer down, better disable it.   john
this application is using 75 MB memory and i want remove it from my computer.   serhat
It's a Windows process   TopD
Would like to truly be able to pause the application until I want it to run so I've disabled it in Services window for now   IMAPC
It downloads as part of a windows update, I believe it is part of the new windows search 4.0 (microsoft's attempt to keep up with Mac). Unfortunately each time I 'end process' in task manager, it re-starts itself. I think I will uninstall the windows search 4.0.   Dennis
Major resource hog... Microsoft needs to modify this programs system priority to low... or remove it. This program might as well be malware.   usar4me
It's a pest that slows down my system   John Hook
its an window process seams to be related to serch 4.0 because i got it when i installed it.   TFOISTFO
It started suddenly using up way more than half of my 8gb installed memory on Windows Vista which is nuts so using the advice further up on this page I disabled it in services.msc and so far so good.   InanelyHedging
Annoying. A useless resource hog.   BigDumbDinosaur
It takes up too much memory   Zatharis
I know that it totally killed my HP mini. The update also turned all the services that i disabled previously back to automatic. took over 10min just to get to the run prompt. be patient.   Steve
It's purpose is to help you to find your files fast. But it continously reads disks and consumes memory and cpu. Just a useless MS tool, should be disabled..  
Come on people! Its part of Windows. Its a pain in the but but you shouldnt take it out. You can modify it to only index a few needed things. Look it up in the net.   Marvin Von Renchler
This is a Windows program which improves Windows Search Engine. Used deribelately it could be really useful and unexpectedly helpful. The only thing you need is to configure it.  See also: Link   lapsikoss
it is simply windows search service. Do not bother about it  See also: Link  
pc becomes very slowly and RAm is full when active. Just kill it and good...  
Microsoft's attempt to collect data on users by indexing their entire hard drive. Inefficient, unnecessary, and a privacy nightmare. Better to disable Windows Search and install a 3rd-party app, unless you are lucky enough to be using XP or older.   George
I just reduced the things it indexes and got 25% of my CPU back (has been higher), in fact it now indexes nothing. XP worked fine without it in fact it was faster despite have 1/4 the CPU speed. As a computer programer I am pretty sure for 99% of user this will only make things. It is like indexing everything in your home so you can find it faster, you shift so much stuff around you can't find anything. Pile of crap. It like defragging, makes no difference and wears the bearings of your hard drive into dust.   breon_the _great

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