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multi copies of iexplorer.exe

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#1 obxbic


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Posted 09 April 2010 - 10:54 PM

I am new to this forum. Using Windows 7, I notice in the task manager that there are two copies of iexplorer.exe running. Is this cause of concern in Windows 7? If so what is wrong, is it a virus or other problem and how do I correct it?

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 12:01 AM

No, this is perfectly normal, even with only one Internet Explorer window open (iexplore.exe is Internet Explorer's process).

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 07:17 AM

If this is iexplorer.exe and not iexplore.exe, then it may be a problem. The process iexplore.exe may be related to Microsoft Internet Explorer.
While the process iexplorer.exe may be possibly related to a well known malware group.

Please double check if this is iexplorer.exe and report back.

Edited by Romeo29, 10 April 2010 - 07:20 AM.

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 08:44 AM

FWIW: Need to be careful about spellings.

Iexplorer.exe is indicated to be possible malware, while Iexplore.exe is MS Internet Explorer.


Explorer.exe is a valid Windows process.

Any malware can be named anything - so you should check where the files of the running processes are located on your disk. If a "non-Microsoft" .exe file is located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, then there is a high risk for a virus, spyware, trojan or worm infection, per the experts.


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