Is SearchIndexer.exe safe?
SearchIndexer.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if SearchIndexer.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.
SearchIndexer.exe file information
The process known as Microsoft Windows Search Indexer or Windows Appliction or Indexeur Microsoft Windows Search belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Windows Search or Windows Application or Windows Search, Windows Search, Windows Search by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).
Description: The original SearchIndexer.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. SearchIndexer.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32.
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 439,808 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 300,032 bytes and 16 more variants.
The program is not visible. The SearchIndexer.exe file is a Microsoft signed file. The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 13% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
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Viruses with the same file name
Is SearchIndexer.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true SearchIndexer.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Microsoft Windows Search Indexer".
However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are for instance Artemis!4D1AE48CEA6C or RDN/Generic.dx!c2y (detected by McAfee), and not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win32.BitCoinMiner.dhq or not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win32.BitCoinMiner.fqs (detected by Kaspersky).
To ensure that no rogue SearchIndexer.exe is running on your PC, click here to run a Free Malware Scan.
How to recognize suspicious variants? If SearchIndexer.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 653,326 bytes (24% of all occurrences), 1,814,528 bytes and 6 more variants. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. SearchIndexer.exe is able to record inputs, hide itself and manipulate other programs.
If SearchIndexer.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 4,096 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The SearchIndexer.exe file is not a Windows system file. SearchIndexer.exe seems to be a compressed file.
If SearchIndexer.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 561,664 bytes.
Important: Some malware disguises itself as SearchIndexer.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the SearchIndexer.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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