Is Microsoft pushing Windows Desktop Search via Windows Update?

I'm getting reports of another potential breach of trust on the Windows Update front. This time users are complaining that a Windows Update installed Windows Desktop Search onto systems, which, after being installed, started indexing systems and slowing PCs down.

I'm getting reports of another potential breach of trust on the Windows Update front.  This time users are complaining that a Windows Update (WSUS) installed Windows Desktop Search onto systems, which, after being installed, started indexing systems and slowing PCs down.

Here's what The Register has to say:

"The admins at my place were in a flap this morning because Windows Desktop Search 3.01 had suddenly started installing itself on desktops throughout the company," a Reg reader by the name of Rob informs us. "The trouble is that once installed, the indexer kicks in and slows the machines down."

The blogosphere is buzzing with similar reports, as evidenced by postings here, here and here.

"I'm slighly pissed of [sic] at M$ right now," an admin in charge of 3,000 PCs wrote in a comment to the first aforementioned link. "All the clients have slowed to a crawl, and the file servers are having problems with the load."

I've not confirmed this but this it's another example of a growing distrust of Windows Update.  That's a bad thing and I'm not seeing Microsoft do anything about it.

I'm going to check some systems here and see what I find - anyone else noticed this yet?

Thoughts?

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