I am experiencing an issue where search results are showing deleted site collections after multiple full crawls. I've been searching around and trying different things, but so far nothing has worked.

I created a modified core search results web part that shows us all site collections that we have access to.

(See: http://jeffreypaarhuis.com/tag/core-search-results/)

The search results show deleted site collections. When you click on a once-valid URL, this is what you see:

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Server: Microsoft-IIS/7.0
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:33:55 GMT
Connection: close

Any ideas?

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    Have you tried an index reset or restarting search service? Mar 26, 2015 at 14:55
  • Hi Amal, thanks for the response. Your response is correct. Resetting the index fixed the issue. I also made sure to delete the deleted sites as an elevated search account can see weird things (unpublished documents, recycle bin contents, etc.).
    – The Cog
    Apr 2, 2015 at 13:29

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If deleted site collections still showed in the search result, then make sure following things.

  • A full Crawl against the content source(which belongs to deleted site collections)
  • If after couple of crawls items still Showed in the result then reset the search index.

Another thought, please make sure the deleted sites also removed from Central admin...run the get-spdeletedsites and check if the deleted site listed their.

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    The index reset fixed the problem. I also made sure that deleted sites were actually deleted first. Thanks!
    – The Cog
    Apr 2, 2015 at 13:31

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