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Application using this process: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
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What is searchprotocolhost.exe doing on my computer?
searchprotocolhost.exe is a process associated with Microsoft® Windows® Operating System from Microsoft Corporation.
It is an executable software module that may have been preinstalled on your computer. The exact folder location for this file is also listed below, always verify the file and location as spyware and virus writers often use similiar named files and place them elsewhere on your computer.
You may see this appear in your tasklist if you recently installed Microsoft software (like Microsoft Office, etc.). This software file is considered safe and is not virus or spyware related.
Non-system processes like searchprotocolhost.exe originate from software you installed on your system. Since most applications store data in your system's registry, it is likely that over time your registry suffers fragmentation and accumulates invalid entries which can affect your PC's performance. It is recommended that you check your registry to identify slowdown issues.