Should I block it?

No, this file is 100% safe to run.



Windows Search by Microsoft

Remove msnlext.dll
Version:   7.00.6001.18260 (vistasp1_gdr_oobsvc.090524-1500)
MD5:   f9b43f074a6cd843b78bb972dfb00e71
SHA1:   7a55ffc229eadb3f2633dae77165ddd9f1fa2e7e
SHA256:   df55ae069b4f3fcc209c7062c9fde10b1bbef75abdea0afc86bbb043550453fa

What is msnlext.dll?

Windows Search Results View for Windows Search, formerly known as Windows Desktop Search (WDS) is an indexed desktop search platform. Windows Search builds a full-text index of files on a computer. Windows Search features incremental search search. The search service consists of several components, including the Gatherer, the Merger, the Backoff Controller, and the Query Processor, among others.

About msnlext.dll (from Microsoft)

Windows Search provides an easy and comprehensive solution for finding and organizing the content you care about, whether it's on your PC, in an e-mail message or attachment, on a remote file share,


File name:msnlext.dll
Publisher:Microsoft Corporation
Product name:Windows® Search
Description:Windows Search Results View
Typical file path:C:\Program Files\windows desktop search\msnlext.dll
File version:7.00.6001.18260 (vistasp1_gdr_oobsvc.090524-1500)
Product version:7.00.6001.18260
Size:583 KB (596,992 bytes)
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File packed:No
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The following program will install this file
Microsoft Corporation
9% remove


Approved shell extension
Located in the registry at 'SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Approved'
  • 'Windows Desktop Search' with CLSID {13E7F612-F261-4391-BEA2-39DF4F3FA311}

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Microsoft Windows XP 100.00%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 71.43% of Windows® Search.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
Dell 39.13%
Intel 17.39%
Hewlett-Packard 8.70%
Gateway 8.70%
Toshiba 8.70%
Compaq 4.35%
Lenovo 4.35%
Sahara 4.35%
American Megatrends 2.17%
Acer 2.17%
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