rpcexec.exe is running from the C:\Windows\System32\ directory.
CMD.exe is listed in the C:\Windows\TEMP\ under path and command line, but under C:\ in current directory
the visible iexplore.exe process:
path: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
command line: "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"
current directory: C:\Users\(username)\Desktop\
the hidden iexplore.exe process:
path: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
command line: "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" C:\Windows\tmp13238.htm
current directory: C:\
when i click bring to front on the hidden iexplore.exe process, it says "no visible windows found for this process"
here is the text output of my startup list:https://webspace.utexas.edu/itp57/Share/startuplist.txt
on a sidenote, i tried ending the tasks CMD.exe and rpcexec.exe and then the hidden iexplore tasks no longer continued to appear. i dont know if they are the root cause, but it does look like there is some connection with at least one of them.