windows search service 3.0 is crashing XP

An XP system crashes to BSOD with different messages, the most common is "IRQ_LESS_NOT_EQUAL.  It is a several year old Optiples with all drivers up to date.
Event viewer shows that search service ended unexpectedly at the time of the crash
If it makes a difference, steady state is installed on the system, and has several accounts with strict restrictions.

I have disabled windows search service by setting it to disabled in services.  Aparantly it still runs, and crashes the system.   When attempting to uninstall the search service, it notifies that several other applications are dependant on it.  How would you solve the problem, and is it safe to uninstall search v3.0?
AE_JBAsked:
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
That article instructed you to check the properties for every drive you have and to uncheck the indexing option.  It did; however, miss the startup entry....
Use Autoruns ( http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902 ) or Winpatrol ( http://www.winpatrol.com/download.html ) to disable or remove the startup entry, then reboot.
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
Read this to turn off and disable Windoze Search: http://www.mydigitallife.info/turn-off-and-disable-search-indexing-service-in-windows-xp/
You; though, might also want to run the error scan in the free version of http://www.hdtune.com as you may have a failing drive.  Even one red box indicates impending doom.
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AE_JBAuthor Commented:
Right, I turned off search first thing several months ago, and it continued to crash
Search continued to run so I set the search service to disabled, and it continues to reset itself to Automatic.

I ran the disk checker and it passed.

The error I get in system logs is as follows-
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Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7024
Date:            3/13/2012
Time:            2:20:56 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      YWCACART1
Description:
The Windows Search service terminated with service-specific error 2147749155 (0x80040D23).

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
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Observed details:
-Occurs at least 5x per hour.
-sometimes the error occurs 20+  times within several minutes
-BSOD crashes coincide with times when this error occurs, no other errors in system log at the time of crash.

Question:
1.  Can i remove windows search service safely from add remove programs even though it gives a warning that IE and other programs have dependencies associated with it?
2.  Could antivirus or steady state be causing the problem?
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AE_JBAuthor Commented:
I have used winpatrol before, didnt think to use it here.  I'll give it a go.
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AE_JBAuthor Commented:
Appears to have been resolved.  May have been related to outdated video driver as well.
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