What is mssearch.exe? Is mssearch.exe spyware or a virus?

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1. Run Security Task Manager to check your mssearch process
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3. Run MalwareBytes to remove persistent malware

Process name: Windows Search Engine

Product: Windows Vista/7

Company: Microsoft

File: mssearch.exe

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"mssearch.exe" is the process for the Search Engine of Windows Vista. There is also a file named mssearch.exe that is related to Microsoft SQL Server (Microsoft Search for full text indexing). www.neuber.com/taskmanager/process/mssearch.exe.html 

Note: The mssearch.exe file is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. In other cases, mssearch.exe is a virus, spyware, trojan or worm! Check this with Security Task Manager.

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Average user rating of mssearch.exe: based on 21 votes. Read also the 18 reviews.

  • 203 users ask for this file. 12 users rated it as not dangerous. 2 users rated it as not so dangerous. 3 users rated it as neutral. 2 users rated it as little bit dangerous. 2 users rated it as dangerous. One user didn't rate it ("don't know").

All comments about mssearch.exe:
Microsoft SQL Server related. Microsoft Search (for full text indexing), not dangerous Quel Thallas
Microsoft SQL Server related. Microsoft Search (for full text indexing), not dangerous
mssearch.exe is a process relating to Microsoft Windows Server Suite, which is responsible for the catalogueing of indexes for Exchange server and SQL server. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated. Eamon
Microsoft SQPKM Service, used in SQL Server and others, mainly used for indexing Damien Jorgensen
its spyware , your computer might detect it ( mine did) it is bundled with another procees i for got the name. to get rid of it do a search of system32 open that folder and go down till u find it and look for the date it was put on your computer. After that restore your computer to the day before it got on your computer and u should be good. And the reason i said it was a 3 cause it downloads other viruses so get it off asap. Dan the Man who just figure this stuff out
It is a malware, if you want to try this, all you have to do is go to some ads or sex sites. Hernan Crespo
Is part of an extremely bad spyware called "spyware quake". Be careful. Daniel Mercer
On XP machines = spyware Microboy
Microsoft Search (for full text indexing), not dangerous dk
Its an indexing service. it will use resources and depending on settings it can be quite heavy in usage. so you can see a 100% CPU with a lot of pagefile swapping. check out the link for more details to get some inside inforamtion about the service.  See also: Link Paul Fijma
This is the Microsoft SQL Server component for Full Text indexing. If you have SQL Server installed then you can expect to see it, otherwise it _may_ be malware Gavin
Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server Search. If you are running a server with MOSS (Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 2007) the executable for the search engine is mssearch.exe. I see two of these in my Task Manager. Jean-Pierre Fouche
SQL SQL SQL. If you run SQL server, leave it !! myself
Installed as part of MS SharePoint Portal Red Baron
This file is important to Microsoft SQL Server. It is not malware, spyware or a virus. E-rich
mssearch.exe can either be the aforementioned process by Microsoft, or it is malware indeed. Check whether Windows Search is installed, if yes, than uninstall it clearing all indexes with it and check again if process mssearch.exe is running. If yes again, it's certainly malware and running folder should be something like c:\windows\temp\ghtsrvc\. Refer to Antivirus solutions to solve this issue. Harro
Its a required Microsoft Service. Do not delete. Not a malware or spyware. Abhi
mssearch.exe is a process relating to Microsoft Windows Server suite, which is responsible for the cataloguing of indexes for Exchange server and SQL server.  See also: Link vivek Thacker

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