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What’s DFSSearchService.exe (DFSSearchService)? Is it safe or a virus?

DFSSearchService.exe is a process belonging to Huawei Device Co., Ltd.

It's a component of the Huawei Desktop Search service, which is designed to index and search the contents of a user's computer for easy access. The service allows users to quickly find files, documents, and other content on their device.

DFSSearchService.exe runs in the background and continuously indexes the files and folders on the computer, ensuring that the search function can quickly retrieve the necessary information. It is a useful tool for users who need to access their files and documents quickly and efficiently.

When researching this file I found some Huawei notebook users who did not want this feature because they prefer Microsoft's own search, and they were able to disable this .exe with no issues.

Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs

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Who makes DFSSearchService.exe (DFSSearchService)?

We’ve found Huawei Device Co., Ltd. should be the publisher of DFSSearchService.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Last updated: March 8, 2024

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