Missing Search Engine - Search Companion

Mar 23, 2007

i have just gone to a search in the search link in the start menu and got a file missing message saying a file that is required to run search companian could not be found you may need to run set up

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SEARCH Won't Work File Missing / File Required To Run Search Companion Cannot Be Found

May 5, 2005

I'm battling spyware removal at the moment (aurora) and somehow my win xp sp2 search function no longer works. i get an error "A File That Is Required to Run Search Companion Cannot Be Found" you may need to run setup I went to the microsoft website and downloaded the hotfix, however it doesn't work with sp2! anybody know how to fix this? I checked and i do have the srchasst folder in windows.

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Whenever I try to use the Start|Search|For Files or Folders function of Windows XP, I get the following Error message box stating, "A file required to run Search Companion cannot be found. You may need to run Setup". (1) Does anyone have any idea what caused this problem? (2) What file is missing? (3) Can I fix it without having to run Setup?

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May 19, 2005

After doing an update on wxp he, we all of sudden have search companion of which for 3 yrs we didn't have! The update had nothing to do with it. My wife doesn't like it and wants it removed. I've gone thru the computer but can't find anyway to remove it as it doesn't appear to exist. I googled it and found this=• {Disable the Search companion to go back to the traditional search view: Start regedit, expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER and in Software – Microsoft – Windows – CurrentVersion – Explorer – CabinetState, set the value of Use Search Asst to "no"} but it's for wxp pro and isn't applicable for Home. I found an overview for it but nothing on how to uninstall it. It's called ms search companion. What it's doing is when we double click on a folder to open it, it brings up a search menue instead,whereas prior the folder would just open.

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Jul 7, 2005

I have a user with the default settings for Search Companion. Last week, she noticed that it all of a sudden stopped working. Whenever she types in something to search and clicks on the Search button, IE sits there for a minute, and then comes back with the following error message: "Unable to connect The Web site is currently unavailable or the connection to the Internet has been lost. Make sure you are connected to the Internet and try again." The Search Companion doesn't work either if I run IE as the Administrator. For now, I have her using the Classic search, but she would like to use the Search Companion.

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Aug 16, 2005

I am having an issue with the search companion crashing every time in XP w/sp2. I have re-installed the search driver and ran SFC /scannow but the search companion continues to crash. There is no adware/spyware on the machine any Ideas of a file that may have been damaged?

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I've long made good use of the ability to search for files in my computer running Windows XP Professional by providing the Search Companion with "All or part of the file" or "A word or phrase in the file," but the Search Companion has suddenly begun behaving strangely. Sometimes when I run a search now it claims it found no files at all matching my criteria even though I know such files exist, and other times it lists some or all of the files it found multiple times (yes, with multiple listings of a single file within a single folder). And when it says it found results now, too, some of the files it lists appear in blue rather than the customary black.

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Since moving to IE8 I have regularly been haunted by a large box appearing whenever I open it - even during a session if I leave it temporarily and reopen - telling me that a program has corrupted my default search engine which is live search and I am given the choice of enabling it or seeking out another search engine. I have done so in variations, such as disabling it, enabling it, redownloading it from the MS site, deleting all add-ons and then some. But whatever I do the same (double) box keeps appearing. Should I uninstall IE8 and then reinstall it as a last resort, or is there an easier way to get rid of the pest?

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I am running XP SP2 with all current updates installed. Sometime after Windows Update performed an update, I noticed that when I try to run Search (Start, Search), the search app freezes after I type in the file search criteria and click the "search" button". Attempting to close the application results in "this program not responding." and ultimately "You chose to end the nonreponsive program, Windows Explorer." Please Tell Microsoft about this problem. We have created an error report... [Send Error Report] [Don't Send] This is identical to a problem reported on 3/1/2005 but doesn't appear to have a resolution.

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The new interface in Office 2007 has a great new look but finding your favorite feature can be a little difficult at first. Microsoft Office Labs offers a helpful utility called Search Commands that brings search to the ribbon. Can’t find a specific feature? Just search for it!

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i used spyware and I have run AdAware (twice) and Spybot Search and Destroy and even Spyware Blaster. I have gone in to all the programs and tweaked the settings as much as I can on the free versions but nothing has removed them so far.

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every time I entered a file name or search name in the box, the result came up instantly: "Searched, nothing found."

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