Monday

Error 2436: Warning - An unrecognized HTTP response was received when attempting to crawl this item. Verify whether the item can be accessed using your browser.


This warning turned up in the Event viewer repeatedly for about 2 days.
It pointed to the SharePoint content cannot be crawled..that was worrying!



After much digging around on the server and also on the internet, I noticed several solutions were available which got me putting on my thinking cap.... Most of the solutions available werent related to this issue I was having. So I decided to dig a bit further..

Then I looked at the Error again.


Event Type: Warning
Event Source: Windows SharePoint Services 3 Search
Event Category: Gatherer 
Event ID: 2436
Date: 2/6/2012
Time: 1:33:07 PM
User: N/A
Computer: [SERVERNAME]
Description:
The start address cannot be crawled
Context: Application 'Search index file on the search server', Catalog 'Search'
Details: An unrecognized HTTP response was received when attempting to crawl this item. Verify whether the item can be accessed using your browser.   (0x80041204)



Solution
  1. Tried to access the Content Source URL and I got an error message 
  2. Then I looked into the Windows HOSTS file, I noticed that the HOSTS file had been modified recently.
  3. I removed the entry for the Content Source URL.
  4. Made changes to the proxy settings on the IE and that resolved the error message I was getting when I try to access the URL
  5. After that I noticed, the error did not return.

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