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60% of PCs block this file from running.
Possible reason:
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WindowsSearch.exe

Windows Search System Tray by Microsoft

Remove WindowsSearch.exe
Version:   7.0.6001.16503 (longhorn(wmbla).080526-2159)
MD5:   b5c9f63c01fcfec3f64ec6a0940a1825
SHA1:   8fccdad65d501c932514714d29664d8af3e5b785
SHA256:   257e4dc81089f3dea1600c45ff85b387b2c7ce318a489d33815aad268842b508

Overview

windowssearch.exe executes as a process with the local user's privileges. During installation, it (or a shortcut) is added to the user's startup folder which is designed to automatically launch when the user logs into Windows. This is typically installed with the program OpenOffice.org 3.2 published by OpenOffice.org. and is compiled as a 32 bit program.

DetailsDetails

File name:windowssearch.exe
Publisher:Microsoft Corporation
Product name:Windows Search System Tray
Description:Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Typical file path:C:\Program Files\windows desktop search\windowssearch.exe
File version:7.0.6001.16503 (longhorn(wmbla).080526-2159)
Product version:7.0.6001.16503
Size:121 KB (123,904 bytes)
Digital DNA
PE subsystem:Windows GUI
File packed:No
Code language:Microsoft Visual C++
.NET CLR:No
More details

ResourcesPrograms

The following program will install this file
OpenOffice.org
11% remove
Apache OpenOffice (AOO) is an open-source office productivity software suite containing word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, graphics, formula editor, and database management applications. OpenOffice's default file format is the OpenDocument Format (ODF), an ISO/IEC standard. It can also handle other file formats including those from Microsoft Office. OpenOffice runs on several operating systems. Although originally written in C++...

BehaviorsBehaviors

User start menu folder
Shortcut pointer placed in '%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu'
  • Shortcut to 'windowssearch.exe'

ResourcesResource utilization

(Note: statistics below are averages based on a minimum sample size of 200 unique participants)
Averages
 
CPU
Total CPU:0.00094240%
0.028634%
Kernel CPU:0.00050230%
0.013761%
User CPU:0.00044010%
0.014873%
Kernel CPU time:2,074 ms/min
100,923,805ms/min
Context switches:24/sec
284/sec
Memory
Private memory:8.02 MB
21.59 MB
Private (maximum):10.73 MB
Private (minimum):2.26 MB
Non-paged memory:8.02 MB
21.59 MB
Virtual memory:82.97 MB
140.96 MB
Virtual memory (peak):84.42 MB
169.69 MB
Working set:3.49 MB
18.61 MB
Working set (peak):12.26 MB
37.95 MB
Page faults:12,524/min
2,039/min
I/O
I/O read transfer:13.98 KB/sec
1.02 MB/min
I/O read operations:1/sec
343/min
I/O write transfer:0 Bytes/sec
274.99 KB/min
I/O write operations:1/sec
227/min
I/O other transfer:138 Bytes/sec
448.09 KB/min
I/O other operations:1/sec
1,671/min
Resource allocations
Threads:10
12
Handles:255
600
GUI GDI count:175
103
GUI USER count:70
49

BehaviorsProcess properties

Tray notification:Yes
Integrety level:Undefined
Platform:32-bit
Command lines:
  • "C:\Program Files\windows desktop search\windowssearch.exe" /startup
  • "C:\Program Files\windows desktop search\windowssearch.exe" /url "search-mC:query="
  • "C:\Program Files\windows desktop search\windowssearch.exe"
Owner:User
Parent process:Explorer.EXE (Windows Explorer by Microsoft)

ResourcesThreads

Averages
 
WindowsSearch.exe (main module)
Total CPU:0.00115343%
0.272967%
Kernel CPU:0.00041842%
0.107585%
User CPU:0.00073501%
0.165382%
Context switches:7/sec
79/sec
Memory:136 KB
1.16 MB
ole32.dll
Total CPU:0.00073662%
Kernel CPU:0.00069453%
User CPU:0.00004209%
Memory:1.24 MB
uncdms.dll
Total CPU:0.00044040%
Kernel CPU:0.00023599%
User CPU:0.00020442%
Context switches:2/sec
Memory:160 KB

Common loaded modules

These are modules that are typiclaly loaded within the context of this process.

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Microsoft Windows XP 100.00%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 60.00% of Windows Search System Tray.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
Dell 58.06%
Intel 12.90%
Compaq 6.45%
Lenovo 6.45%
Gateway 6.45%
American Megatrends 3.23%
Sahara 3.23%
Acer 3.23%
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