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Is iexplore.exe a virus?

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#1 kroleig1


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Posted 06 December 2008 - 12:29 AM


I have recently noticing a really slow startup and sometimes ie7 crashes for no reason. I started cleaning the hard drives and ran ccleaner, there after ran virus utilities. Norton, AVG, Ikirus and then ad-aware. They removed some spyware and give a clean report, however I noticed after running adwatch, as soon as ie7 is launched i get an error message that says the following:

The process "iexplore.exe" (5040) is trying t o modify (ValueChangeOrAdd) the registry
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\main

Do you want to allow or block it?

I initially chose to allow to all 6 notifications like this, then my computer slowed. I did a system restore and still there. I then did a system recovery twice and still the same thing. If I choose to block this process, then the system freezes upon restart and i just see a black screen for a long time. After hitting the esc key several times I find that the system then slowly begins to appear but then soon after it redraws, one item at a time, it hangs and wont respond to right mouse clicks or anything..

Do I have an issue with a faulty reinstall with ie7, is this an ie process and if not then why do none of the anti virus and spyware agents remove it?

I appreciate your help and your time..

Thanks in advance.

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#2 ruby1


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Posted 06 December 2008 - 04:26 AM

Of interest, have you yet tried UNinstalling IE7 to see IF that makes any difference?

Also, can you kindly clarify which ONE antivirus program you have installed .

' Ikirus ' ?? is this the correct spelling for this program ?

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 08:44 AM

iexplore.exe is not a virus (usually). It's Internet Explorer main process and seems to be trying to register as your default browser.
Nevertheless, any mean application can be named whatever you want. And a virus or trojan could be named "iexplore.exe". In such a case you'll have to check the full path for that process. In my computer it's "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"
For checking such information about processes I installed Daphne, a task manager replacement.
If you haven't already tried it, you may like Mozilla Firefox

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 10:12 AM



"iexplore.exe" is the Internet Browser from Mircosoft. It is a part of the Windows Operating system.

I did a system restore and still there. I then did a system recovery twice and still the same thing.

was this to a time PRIOR to the installalation of IE7?
To eliminate IE7 as the cause of the error can you try to uninstall IE7 and see if you still get the error message?

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