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What is WindowsSearch.exe?

WindowsSearch.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 WindowsSearch.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.

WindowsSearch.exe file information

The process known as Windows Search System Tray or Windows Desktop Search System Tray or Windows Desktop Search Tool Tray Admin belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or MSN Search Toolbar or Barra de herramientas de or My Book Device Driver by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: WindowsSearch.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. WindowsSearch.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 123,904 bytes (48% of all occurrences), 118,784 bytes and 6 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/windowssearch.exe.html 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. WindowsSearch.exe is not a Windows core file. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. WindowsSearch.exe is able to monitor applications and record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 4% dangerous; however you should also read the users reviews.
You may also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > MSN Search Toolbar or MSN Suche Toolbar).

Recommended: Identify WindowsSearch.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WindowsSearch.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the WindowsSearch.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

remove MSN search toolbar
It entered my home page on sign in
  B. Blanc  
Offers to archive my Outlook Express files on boot up. I don't have Outlook Express on my machine. Removing it stopped the erroneous boot up messages and doesn't seem to impact anything else. The first time I removed it, a shortcut to it got put in the startup menu that wasn't there before. I am suspicious of this file. Running it didn't ever seem to do anything and never caused any menus or icons to appear anywhere.
  S Ross  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of WindowsSearch.exe: based on 10 votes with 3 user comments.
3 users think WindowsSearch.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think WindowsSearch.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade WindowsSearch.exe ("not sure about it").

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