How to stop search from running before I am done typing the word

Posted on 2010-01-08
Last Modified: 2013-12-08
I have a website that is very big and I need to do searches from it but when I type a word or number in the find box, it pauses at each letter or number while the search egine tries to find the file.  Is there a way to stop the search till I hit next or find?
Question by:rdare23
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    Accepted Solution

    I will assume that you do have your website indexed....if not ... it would be good to do it in order to speed it up.
    I've never found a solution to this problem other than to type the word elsewhere and copy and paste it into the search all at once....
    Now.... this said, usually, when it has been this slow it is because the system I'm repairing has another problem: insufficient memory, virus or other malware.
    Another thing you might want to check is to see if your search software is corrupt/damaged. If you are using Windows Search 4 or Google Desktop Search, try uninstalling and re-installing... this might fix it.
    You might also have too many items in your startup items. From the Start-Run .... type msconfig and see if you can disable some of the unneeded startup items.
    Lastly..... from the Start-Run type in: cleanmgr.exe. This will remove all the temporary files that might be slowing down your search.
    Hope this helps...
    Bits ...
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    Expert Comment

    I forgot to mention: Make sure that your computer does not have any viruses or other malware (it is the most common cause of slow searches):
    To test, follow this procedure to the will prevent further frustrations if you do have malware:

    1.Go into Safe Mode with networking by pressing F8 while booting your computer.
    2.Then go to this website and download this program: MalwareBytes Anti Malware:
    3.Before download..Important: Rename MalwareBytes before saving its files to the desktop as malware can recognize the name and block it unless renamed.
    4.While still in Safe Mode, Go to Start-Run and type: Msconfig
    5.Once in the Msconfig application, go to the "Services Tab" and select:"hide all Microsoft services" select the remaining and disable".
    6.Then go to the Startup Tab and disable ALL entries there as well. Close the window. You will get a prompt to Reboot..allow it.
    7.After the system boots go into NORMAL will give you a warning regarding the changes made by msconfig: Select do not warn me again.
    8. Now you can run the anti-Malware application your renamed and saved on your desktop above.
    9.If viruses, spyware, malware, etc. are found allow the program to clean them.  
    Hope it helps.
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    Author Closing Comment

    The copy and paste worked.

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