This is driving me absolutely bonkers right now. There error propped up after i ran some windows updates and I'm guessing whatever one it was changed some security settings. Either way I get the below event error every 5 min and am unable to search within Sharepoint. I've tried multiple solutions that I've found online and EE but non seem to work.
Version WSS 3.0
Event Type: Warning
Event Source: Windows SharePoint Services 3 Search
Event Category: Gatherer
Event ID: 2436
Time: 12:35:02 PM
The start address <sts3s://portal.fveng.com/
> cannot be crawled.
Context: Application 'Search index file on the search server', Catalog 'Search'
Access is denied. Check that the Default Content Access Account has access to this content, or add a crawl rule to crawl this content. (0x80041205)
For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp