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 an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The file SearchUI.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 9,371,488 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 10,652,512 bytes and 22 more variants. 
SearchUI.exe is a Windows system file. It is a Microsoft signed file. The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 4% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with SearchUI.exe, you can ask for help from Support or uninstall Microsoft Windows software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SearchUI.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. 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" ;)
Not much except according to a program I use which scans my computer for errors and crashes indicated this program crashed
  Ralph Davis  
The searchui.exe that comes with windows is slightly safe, but not completely. It still uploads personal info. It can also be a huge data hog, I recommend terminating it, if possible

Summary: Average user rating of SearchUI.exe: based on 2 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users don't grade SearchUI.exe ("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 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.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: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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