What OS (Win 2K, XPsp1, XPsp2, Vista) are you using?
What version of IE are you using
If you do a Google search for multiple instances of iexplore.exe
running in Task Manager, you will find numerous complaints with various causes and possible solutions. This problem could be malware or non-malware related. There are worms like W32/Lovgate-AD that will cause the same problem you are experiencing. In addition to other files it drops iexplore.exe in C:\Windows\system32. One of the ways that malware tries to hide is to give itself the same name as a critical system file like iexplore.exe. However, it then places itself in a different location on your computer. The legitimate iexplore.exe is located in the C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer folder. Make sure of the spelling
. If it is iexplor.exe
, then it's malware
. Also check to make sure iexplore.exe is not loading at startup as that too can be malware
NOTE: If you are using Internet Explorer 8, it is my understanding that it it will run an extra instance of iexplorer.exe as part of the Automatic Crash Recovery
feature. Internet Explorer8 will open a new process for the main window and another process with any opened tab. This feature allows Internet explorer to prevent itself from closing when a web site in one tab crashes. It has also been reported that this utilizes high memory resources.
Edited by quietman7, 05 August 2009 - 09:18 AM.