What is SearchUI.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 SearchUI.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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SearchUI.exe file information

The process known as Search and Cortana application belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: SearchUI.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file SearchUI.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 5,438,976 bytes (34% of all occurrences), 6,160,896 bytes and 6 more variants. 
SearchUI.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. The SearchUI.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 53% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify SearchUI.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SearchUI.exe. Therefore, you should check the SearchUI.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.


User Comments

The program is from Microsoft.
Fayetracker has proved the link between searchui.exe and "edge". So desactivate Cortana won't stop the leakage of our computer's information toward microsoft servers ... the culprit is "Edge" ;)

Summary: Average user rating of SearchUI.exe: based on 1 vote with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving SearchUI issues

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