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Startup program entry details:

Windows Desktop Search (WindowsSearch.exe)

Not required or not recommended - typically infrequently used tasks that can be started manually if necessary

For further information on how to identify and disable startup programs please visit the Introduction page.

Description:

System Tray access to Windows Desktop Search for XP from Microsoft - which adds additional search options including a search box on the Taskbar. On earlier versions this entry also runs the indexing function at startup which indexes files and e-mails items so you can quickly find words and phrases (replaced by a service in later versions). Disabling this entry does not affect the normal operation and indexing will occur when you next perform a search. Also included in versions of the MSN Search Toolbar which included Windows Desktop Search

Startup information:

Windows Desktop Search

Common/User Startup (Start → All Programs → Startup)

MSConfig (Start → Run → msconfig → Startup)

Windows Defender (Start → All Programs → Windows Defender → Tools → Software Explorer)

Log examples:

O4 - Global Startup: Windows Desktop Search.lnk = C:\Program Files\Windows Desktop Search\WindowsSearch.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Windows Desktop Search.lnk = C:\Programas\Windows Desktop Search\WindowsSearch.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Windows Desktop Search.lnk = C:\Programmi\Windows Desktop Search\WindowsSearch.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Windows Desktop Search.lnk = C:\Archivos de programa\Windows Desktop Search\WindowsSearch.exe

MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search

Common/User Startup (Start → All Programs → Startup)

MSConfig (Start → Run → msconfig → Startup)

Windows Defender (Start → All Programs → Windows Defender → Tools → Software Explorer)

Log examples:

O4 - Global Startup: Windows Desktop Search.lnk = C:\Program Files\MSN Toolbar Suite\DS\02.05.0001.1119\en-us\bin\WindowsSearch.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Windows Desktop Search.lnk = C:\Program Files\MSN Toolbar Suite\DS\02.02.0000.1007\en-us\bin\WindowsSearch.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Windows Desktop Search.lnk = C:\Program Files\MSN Toolbar Suite\DS\02.05.0000.1082\en-us\bin\WindowsSearch.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Windows Desktop Search.lnk = C:\Program Files\MSN Toolbar Suite\DS2.05.0001.1119\en-us\bin\WindowsSearch.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Windows Desktop Search.lnk = C:\Programmi\MSN Toolbar Suite\DS\02.05.0001.1119\it-it\bin\WindowsSearch.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Windows Desktop Search.lnk = C:\Arquivos de programas\MSN Toolbar Suite\DS\02.05.0001.1119\pt-br\bin\WindowsSearch.exe

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