What is searchengine.exe?

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 searchengine.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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Searchengine.exe file information

The process known as Indexing module belongs to software SoftPerfect Network Search Engine by SoftPerfect Research (

Description: Searchengine.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Searchengine.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,220,608 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 741,888 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. Searchengine.exe is not a Windows core file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Searchengine.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 59% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with searchengine.exe, you can also do the following:
  • search for help on the company’s website
  • update to a possibly bug-fixed version
  • safely remove the program using the uninstall program of SoftPerfect Network Search Engine or SoftPerfect Network Search (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)

Recommended: Identify searchengine.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as searchengine.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the searchengine.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 searchengine issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with searchengine. 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 searchengine.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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