I have a Windows 7/64. When I saw the HDD light blinking at high speed while I was not doing anything on the computer. I check the Resource Monitor and this file has hundres of entries reading entire folders on my HDD. What's going on? I thought it was a virus or somthing but it looks that is a Microsoft file. What is doing. How to stop it? Should I stop it?
(Solved) - SearchProtocolHost.exe is reading every file on my hard disk. What is it.(8 posts)
Indexing (supposedly) makes searching faster.
If you right click on each drive letter, select Properties. You will see a box marked "Index this drive for faster searching". Uncheck the box.
If LH's solution doesn't work, try this from the Microsoft Technet Forum re: Searchprotocolhost.exe, which indexes the computer files for Windows 4.0 Seach, I believe.
To get around the problem, I type Run, enter, and in the box type services.msc and press enter/click OK. Go down to Windows Search and double click on it. Stop the service and then disable it from starting. My machine now runs like a racehorse. (edited for win7)
I'm not sure, after that, if that search box above the start button will work well or not, as I haven't had a need to shut it off.
Thanks LH and Gordy,
First of all I feel good that it was not a Troyan or something.
Both of your answers stops the indexing.
So what I have to decide is if I want a machine running like a racehorse or get a search answer running like a lighting.
Follow up questions:
1- Is there a way to schedule window indexing at off hours? or
2- if I allow indexing, let's say once a week for a whole night, do you think I will maintain a 90% 95% indexed files so it wont affect the the search significantly?
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