We all know the power of Microsoft Windows search; we all are aware of the speed and reliability of Microsoft Windows search. In case you don’t know, Microsoft Windows search runs on this executable - SearchIndexer.exe. SearchIndexer.exe in short is behind the powerful Microsoft Windows search engine.
Though SearchIndexer.exe lets you enjoy good quality search results at a decent speed, it reportedly slows down the computer and in many cases hangs it. This feature no doubt is very good, but that it hangs your computer, makes me feel that you should not use it. Rather than restarting your computer several times to recover from hangs, is it not better to use slower, less attractive but safer search?
Is SearchIndexer.exe Virus?
No SearchIndexer.exe is not a virus, but as it slows down some computers and hangs them, it’s not less than a virus. Apart from slowing down your computer sometimes, it does not harm your computer, your privacy, your data in any way.
Do you want to get rid of enhanced Windows search / SearchIndexer.exe? Do you want to search faster without your computer hanging now and then while searching? Here’s how you can disable SearchIndexer.exe in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows XP. After disabling you will still be able to use Windows search, but your computer won’t hang and the results will not be like the ones you got while you used SearchIndexer.exe.
Disable SearchIndexer.exe In Windows Vista
1. Open Start Menu.
2. Launch Control Panel.
3. Double-click on Programs & Features.
4. Now on the left-hand side of the Program & Features window, click on Turn Windows Features on or off.
5. Uncheck the Indexing Service option.
6. Press the ENTER key or click OK.
This will disable SearchIndexer.exe in Microsoft Windows Vista and prevent Microsoft Windows from using enhanced search while searching and thus will help you search faster and your computer will not slow down or hang. This will not disable Microsoft Windows search entirely, but will only disable the options or advanced features which are known to consume a lot of resources.
Disable SearchIndexer.exe In Windows XP
1. Open Start Menu.
2. Click on Run.
3. Type services.msc to have a look at all the services.
4. Browse the various services and locate Windows Search (WSearch).
5. Right click on Windows Search and select Stop. You can alternatively left click on Windows Search and from the left-pane, click on Stop.
6. This stops the Windows Search service, but it will be launched again after you restart your computer. To prevent Windows Search service to launch automatically on startup, locate Windows Search and right-click on the same.
7. Select Properties.
8. Besides Startup Type, select Disabled.
9. Press the ENTER key or click OK.
This will disable Windows enhanced search & SearchIndexer.exe. This will enable you to search faster and prevent your computer from hanging again & again. The second method to disable SearchIndexer.exe on Windows XP also works on Windows Vista and Windows 7.