N.E.R.D.: How to turn Spotlight OFF (and ON Again)….
N.E.R.D.: How to turn Spotlight OFF (and ON Again)….:
Tech Blog N.E.R.D details how to turn off(or on) Spotlight on your Mac. Doing this will require editing your /etc/hostconfig file using sudo.
Edit /etc/hostconfig and change the line that reads
Run the following two commands from the command line to get rid of existing index files
sudo mdutil -i off /
sudo mdutil -E /
The Blog also goes into further details about how to remove Spotlights index file and remove the icon from the Menubar.