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When you include more than one search scope in a search on a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 site, noise words are not filtered.
For example, if you search for "the", the search operation returns all content instead of returning the following message:
Your query included only common words and / or characters, which were removed. No results are available. Try to add query terms.
To resolve this issue install the hotfixes that are described in Microsoft Knowledge Base articles 961750 and 961749. For more information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
961750 Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 hotfix package (Sts.msp): February 24, 2009
961749 Description of the Office SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package (Coreserver.msp): February 24, 2009
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.