What is SearcFilterHost.exe?  My security software keeps giving me problems with it.

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1st, see the title to my question.

2nd, my security software is Webroot Internet Security 2010.  It keeps giving me 2 messages.  I forget the first one, but the 2nd has something to do with a "parent" process or application.  I forget which.

3rd, can I get rid of SearchFilterHost.exe, or will this cause problems?  If I can get rid of it, how is this done.  Please explain in English, not Geekese.  I understand what Safe Mode is, but I'm afraid of messing with the Registry.  That should give you an idea of my level of computer understanding.

4th, any opinions on my security software?

BTW, I'm running WinXP Pro, the tablet PC edition.

Thanks much,

MrModerate
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OK.  Here's the second message: "The firewall has detected an unauthorized parent application.  The application searchfilterhost.exe is the parent of a process that is communicating.  Do you want this process to be an 'allowed parent?'"

I don' have the wording of the first message.

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BTW, if I choose to "Block" this application from being a parent, it kills my Internet Download Manager job, or at least it results in errors (and therefore download failures) unless I choose to "Allow" this process.  Then, eventually, I get one or both of the errors, and then the same destruction of my IDM job resurfaces.

Thanks again.

--MrModerate
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I'm changing the point value to 500, because I've seen so many discussions of this issue, and nobody seems to agree.  Perhaps I can get a definitive answer here.

--MrModerate
Use "Process Explorer" to find the parent process-
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx
Then find the location.
Top Expert 2009
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It seems to be part of windows desktop search. Do you use that program?

Run autoruns.
In Autoruns:
Hit options and check "verify code signatures" and rescan (F5 key)
Don't make any other changes...

Within Autoruns,select the file tab and select save(Ctrl+S) and save as AutoRuns Data (*.arn) -Output file is a few megs in size
Once saved then right click autoruns.arn and rename to autoruns.txt to upload

Autoruns http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx

Webroot is a legit program. If its in subscription(paid) , keep it.

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I haven't read all of the responses yet, but...

optoma:  I'm not really sure if I am using Windows Desktop Search (WDS) (or do they call it Windows Search WRT WinXP; I forget).  I've read a bunch of discussions, none if I recall on this website, regarding that subject.  I HATE Windows Desktop Search.  As far as I can tell: (a) It doesn't work, and (b) The Google equivalent is great, so I DO use the latter.  Anyway, some of the discussions I've read WRT WDS state that it was a forced (i.e., pushed without the opportunity for the user to decline) "update" from MS.  If I recall, I tried to uninstall WDS via the usual Add or Remove Programs app, but I got a very scary message telling me something to the effect that if I went through with executing the removal, then MS updates (and therefore Windows) and other non-MS programs installed or updated after the WDS installation might stop working correctly.  Thus, I chickened out and didn't go through with the uninstallation.  If I recall--AND COULD SOMEBODY REMIND ME HOW TO DO THIS--I reduced the WDS index size to zero.  So, to answer your question, again, I have no idea if I'm using WDS or not.

Anybody have opinions on whether MS's scary warning against uninstalling WDS was just a BS, marketing thing by MS or whether it was a legitimate warning that the user ignores at his own peril?

Also, anybody have an opinion on whether optoma's analysis of my problem is correct?

Whether or not optima's analysis of my original question is correct, COULD I JUST KILL THE SEARCHFILTERHOST.EXE (misspelled in my original title to this thread) EVERY TIME I RUN WINDOWS via Task Manager WITHOUT PROBLEMS?  COULD I KEEP SEARCHFILTERHOST.EXE AND/OR WDS FROM AUTO-LOADING AT STARTUP TIME--without having to go through this process each time I restart my PC--IF SO, HOW?

(My use of all Caps. is not shouting, just trying to make my post easier to read.  In fact, I probably should have put more in all Caps.)

Again, thanks much.

--MrModerate
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Personally, I also don't like WDS or google desktop search.

Uninstalling WDS is the only way to get rid of it fully(my opinion). Have uninstalled it on many machines and never heard of any consequences afterwards.(along with google search)

What you could do is manually create a system restore point and then uninstall it and see if issue is gone on a system restart.

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ashraf882:  WRT 1st post of yours: Interesting discussion, but not entirely on point.

ashraf882:  2nd post of yours: Interesting download suggestion.  I'll try it, but the results may be over my head (e.g., what processes are malicious and what are not).  Also, since I haven't tried it yet, I don't know if said download even describes what process is trying to use IDM as a parent process.

optoma:  WRT your post of 01/30/10 02:18 AM, ID: 26443777, the link is very interesting, but I don't understand what comes before it.

optoma:  WRT your post just preceding (sp?) this post:  I'm going to create a new thread on this website to make sure that nobody else has had problems uninstalling Windows Search.

Thanks folks.

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Was the solution accurate?  I'm not sure yet, so I'm choosing "Partially," since there is no "I don't know" radio button.  BTW, Experts-Exchange, can I suggest that you add an "I don't know" radio button to the complete, accurate, and easy to follow questions?

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