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explorer.exe in XP task manager seems very large...

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#1 Jongira


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Posted 29 March 2009 - 08:08 PM

Hi. I'm on windows XP sp3 and just finished fixing a UACd.sys virus infection with ComboFix, which seems to have worked.

But I notice that the size of explorer.exe in Task Manager seems unusually large. It shows a 'mem usage' of 61,696 K and a 'vm size' of 46,572.

What contributes to the size of explorer.exe?
What size is considered normal?
How can I reduce the size (if it is in fact too large?)?

Thanks, John

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#2 Budapest


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Posted 02 April 2009 - 05:37 PM

Try using Process Explorer to see what is using explorer.exe.


Currently mine is using about 28,000K
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#3 Jongira

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 11:49 PM

Thanks for taking time to reply. I had process explorer installed already, and didn't see anything unusual (everything under explorer is either by Microsoft, or the few that aren't are systray utilites which I recognize.) It can't all be fonts, can it? No clue otherwise.

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 12:00 AM

What size is considered normal?

Mine is currently only at 21,552 and VM is about 23,164K. Since mine and Budapests are somewhat close I would say normal is somewhere in the 20 thousands and yours is pretty big

Edited by Stang777, 04 April 2009 - 12:00 AM.

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 11:31 AM

You still have an open post in the HJT forum. You should not be making changes

you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a HJT Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show it the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic.

Edited by garmanma, 04 April 2009 - 11:31 AM.

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