What is SCServer.exe?

The genuine SCServer.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Search Enhancement by Microsoft.
A toolbar assistant, this server is provided by Microsoft and services the Microsoft toolbar add-on for Internet Explorer. It embeds a search bar into your browser so that you can search the internet from any web location. Founded in 1975, Microsoft's flagship product is the Windows operating system, which is installed on over 90% of workstations worldwide.

SCServer stands for Microsoft Search Client Server

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the SCServer.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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SCServer.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with SCServer
SCServer.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Microsoft Search Client Server belongs to software Microsoft Search Enhancement or Microsoft Search Enhancement Pack or Microsoft Search Client Server by Microsoft (

Description: SCServer.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SCServer.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 316,208 bytes (73% of all occurrences), 311,168 bytes or 311,152 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. The SCServer.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with SCServer.exe, you could also do the following:
  1) uninstall the software Microsoft Search Enhancement Pack or Microsoft Search Enhancement using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)
  2) look for help from the software company MSN.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SCServer.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the SCServer.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Best practices for resolving SCServer issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with SCServer. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the SCServer.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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