What is YahooDesktopSearch.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 YahooDesktopSearch.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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YahooDesktopSearch.exe file information

The process belongs to software Yahoo! Desktop Search by unknown.

Description: YahooDesktopSearch.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file YahooDesktopSearch.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 10,684,144 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. YahooDesktopSearch.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 74% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Yahoo! Desktop Search (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify YahooDesktopSearch.exe related errors

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

This is for Yahoo's Desktop search engine

Summary: Average user rating of YahooDesktopSearch.exe: based on 5 votes with 1 user comment. 5 users think YahooDesktopSearch.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving YahooDesktopSearch issues

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