"Search protocol host stopped working" Windows Vista

By billyd
Dec 20, 2012
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  1. Ok I should also say the "search protocol host stopped working" pop up happens right after boot up ! IE9 starts up but when I go to a sight it acts like its there but the screen is blank !
    tried this but its not working

    posting this with google chrome because IE9 is not working !

    I just noticed the windows spider sol and windows freecell sol are coming up blank screen also :oops:

    any help would be apprciated thanks bill
  2. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TS Booster Posts: 322   +64

    A friend at work experienced the same problem on his PC. Turns out he had a corrupt indexing file. You could try posting the details from Event Viewer, if that is possible. I wouldn't be able to help you interpreting them, but maybe some of the more experienced members could.

    Have you tried disabling Windows Search? I did this on my friend's PC as a temporary measure . Got IE working, although searches were rather slow. It isn't a solution, but it could afford you a temporary -- albeit inconvenient -- workaround.

    Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Stick around, though, and wait for inputs from the more knowledgeable members.
    billyd likes this.
  3. billyd

    billyd TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 78

    Tried the disable thing it stopped the pop ups but IE & the solitaires still wouldn't work!

    I ran sfc scannow followed by combofix ! seems to have fixed the problem still haven't tried everything though !

    I can post the logs if anyone knows how to interpret them & wants to see!
  4. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TS Booster Posts: 322   +64

    Glad to hear you seem to be getting closer to a solution. :)

    For good measure, you might want to have the guys over at the Virus and Malware Removal section have a look at the logs. They're pretty good at what they do. ;) You might be asked to do a couple more scans.
    DragonMaster Jay and billyd like this.
  5. billyd

    billyd TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 78

    Did that and ran there scans! waiting on there input!

    thanks Dawn

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