Fixing Sharepoint Services 3 Search warnings

I was seeing the following events in the event log when sharepoint was trying to reindex for searching:

The start address <sts3://servername.com/contentdbid={5f9ea3ed-16fc-4ba7-a839-e4cc944ac09b}> cannot be crawled.

Context: Application ‘Search index file on the search server’, Catalog ‘Search’

Details:
Access is denied. Verify that either the Default Content Access Account has access to this repository, or add a crawl rule to crawl this repository. If the repository being crawled is a SharePoint repository, verify that the account you are using has “Full Read” permissions on the SharePoint Web Application being crawled.   (0×80041205)

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

Turns out there is an easy fix, which involves going into the registry and disabling the loopback check (found at nobrainer solutions):

Disable the loopback check

Follow these steps:

1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
2. In Registry Editor, locate and then click the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlLsa
3. Right-click Lsa, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
4. Type DisableLoopbackCheck, and then press ENTER.
5. Right-click DisableLoopbackCheck, and then click Modify.
6. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
7. Quit Registry Editor, and then restart your computer.

After applying this fix the search crawler started working again with no warnings.

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