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)
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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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