What is WindowsSearch.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 WindowsSearch.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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WindowsSearch.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with WindowsSearch
WindowsSearch.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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 My Book Device Driver by Microsoft (

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 10/8/7/XP are 123,904 bytes (76% of all occurrences), 118,784 bytes and 4 more variants. 
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. Therefore the technical security rating is 2% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You may also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Encyclopaedia Britannica 2007).

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

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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 11 votes with 3 user comments. 3 users think WindowsSearch.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 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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Best practices for resolving WindowsSearch issues

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