searchprotocolhost.exe is a program which is probably NOT a virus. So, if searchprotocolhost.exe is on your computer, it is probably ok, and will NOT be a cause for concern. Even if your PC is virus-free, it is still recommended to purchase a well-known antivirus with a good track record, in order to yourself your system against viruses and malware.
This program is usually found in C:\Windows\System32\SearchProtocolHost.exe.
The MD5 checksum for this file is d9e21cbf9e6a87847affd39ea3fa28ee.
This application is NOT a Windows service. This is very good.
searchprotocolhost.exe seems to use the functions of Windows SFC (System File Checker) or Windows File Protection.
64-bit code has been detected. This program can use the full power of a current computer cpu.
The description extracted from the program is Microsoft Windows Search Protocol Host.
File version extracted from the file 7.00.7601.17610 (win7sp1_gdr.110503-1502).
Publisher Microsoft Corporation.
Copyright notice © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved..
This exe does NOT have visible windows. This is usually a bad thing.
Some unusual functions of the Operating System have been used, such as functions for tapping the keyboard. We recommend you to be very careful regarding this program.
searchprotocolhost.exe is digitally signed. Today most legit software applications are digitally signed.
The digital signature extracted from searchprotocolhost.exe checks out perfectly. This is most likely a clean, ok program.
Digital certificate name: Microsoft Windows
Certificate's issuer name: Microsoft Windows Verification PCA
This application does NOT have a removal routine stored in registry.