searchprotocolhost.exe is a application which is most likely NOT a virus. So, if searchprotocolhost.exe is on your PC, it is most likely ok, and will NOT be a cause for concern. Even if your PC is clean, we still advise you to use a well-known antivirus with a good detection rate, in order to defend your system against viruses and malware.
This program is normally found in C:\Windows\System32\SearchProtocolHost.exe.
The MD5 fingerprint for this file is a4e6f2c9fa8b609ff850b433cd031be6.
This program does NOT run as a Windows service. This is usually a good sign.
searchprotocolhost.exe seems to use the functions of Windows SFC (System File Checker) or Windows File Protection.
This app runs in 32-bit mode. It does not use the entire power of modern computer CPUs. This is quite normal because the makers did not upgrade it to 64-bit code.
The description written in the file is Microsoft Windows Search Protocol Host.
File version stored as a property 7.00.10586.0 (th2_release.151029-1700).
Company name Microsoft Corporation.
Intellectual property rights notice © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved..
searchprotocolhost.exe has a digital signature. Nowadays most serious software applications are digitally signed.
The digital signature attached to searchprotocolhost.exe checks out perfectly. This is very good.
Digitally signed by: Microsoft Windows
Certificate's issuer name: Microsoft Windows Production PCA 2011
This program does NOT have a removal routine stored in registry.