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BRUCE OSTROM asked on February 22, 2013. Status: Answered & Closed.

SearchProtocolHost.exe And SearchIndexer.exe Causing High CPU Usage

» SearchProtocolHost.exe, SearchIndexer.exe, etc.:This takes up about 60-100% of my computers RAM and CPU. I tried deleting my search index, then letting it re-index all of my files. Did not help, continued to constantly re-index my files while I was using my computer. I have removed it from my startup menu. I even had to turn it OFF.

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» SearchProtocolHost.exe is a executable software module that may have been preinstalled on your computer. The exact folder location for this file is C:\Windows\system32\SearchProtocolHost.

SearchIndexer.exe is the Windows service that handles indexing of your files for Windows Search, which fuels the file search engine built into Windows that powers everything from the Start Menu search box to Windows Explorer, and even the Libraries feature. If you want to stop the service from running, you can open up Services through Control Panel, or type in services.msc into the Start Menu search box. Once you’re there, you can find Windows Search in the list and click the Stop button.

How To Make SearchIndexer Use Less RAM or CPU? Cut down on the amount of data that you’re indexing. You’ll need to open up the Indexing Options through the Control Panel or Start Menu search box to make the changes. The first thing you should notice is the Pause button on this window, which can pause indexing for up to 15 minutes.

Any malware can be named anything - so you should check where the files of the running processes are located on your disk. If a "non-Microsoft" .exe file is located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, then there is a high risk for a virus, spyware, trojan(Trojan:Win32/AgentOff) or worm infection! Then you have to remove it by an anti-virus software. But you haven’t been aware of the side-effects of doing so: removing a virus can be as dramatic as the aftermath of a disaster.

After eradicating a virus or other form of virus infection, Windows is left in a somewhat broken state. This time, I would like to recommend DLL Suite to you. DLL Suite has one special feature targeted to fix virus infection problem and thus fix slow PC performance.

JAMES NESMITH replied on February 28, 2013

All Answers:

  1. JOHN SCHNEIDER replied on February 22, 2013: » Check in clean boot and run a virus scan

  2. BRUCE OSTROM replied on February 22, 2013: » My virus scan came clean My Malware scan came clean. I can't test in clean boot. The problems exist when I am online, and I cannot use my dialup in any of the boot options

  3. MARY HOLLAND replied on February 23, 2013: » You can try a system restore to before you installed the update 4 weeks ago. This may not be a possibility but you can make a back copy of data, email, pictures etc before completing the system restore

    To choose a System Restore point: From the Desktop click the Pearl (start) button; In the Search Field type "System Restore" and hit enter; Once System Restore is open, select the option "choose a different restore point" and hit next.

    Once on the next screen, pick a restore point to go back to when it last worked for you. Once you select the restore point, click next, then select finish, this will start the restore process.

  4. BRUCE OSTROM replied on February 24, 2013: » I did do a system restore when I removed the update. I can actually try it again. The same time/date too. Should I?

    I have since my last contact tried Malwarebytes and did a full scan, and it found 4 items. None of them considered dangerous. They are a part of the registry.

    The only ONE it had checked [for removal] was a "Trojan (BHO). Not dangerous". I removed it and rebooted, but everything is the same.

  5. NEAL SHENOY replied on February 27, 2013: » BHO's may be labeled a Trojan because of the way they coded and how they interact with the browser, but the resulting behavior is not always malicious.

    Spyware is similar. While not generally intentionally malicious it is using information from your browsing habits without your knowledge to benefit business, and this information gathering can sometimes use a lot of your machines resources without your knowledge and result in low performance.

    One possibility for the problems with your Windows updates and Java is Norton and Malware Fighter. Try disabling both of them when you do your updates. Also, if you are running Malware Fighter in resident with Norton the two may be conflicting.

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