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Two mysterious instances of IE

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#1 nloh2016


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Posted 17 July 2016 - 11:43 AM

The system is running windows 8.1 64bit. I do not use IE as my main browser, yet saw two instances in task manager. Using process explorer the command lines are "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" and
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" SCODEF:1004 CREDAT:267521 /prefetch:2 .  IE is the default browser and at version 11.00.9600.18123.

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Posted 17 July 2016 - 01:04 PM

If you rarerly or never use IE you should change the default browser.

Control Panel -> Programs -> Default Programs -> Set your default programs. Then, you’ll be able to choose the browser from the list.

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Posted 02 August 2016 - 02:27 PM

Hello nloh2016, and welcome to Bleeping Computer! :thumbup2:


Just to clarify, you don't use Internet Explorer as your main browser, but it is set as your default browser?



If that's the case, then as buddy mentioned above, you may want to disable it as your default browser....


Also, it's not mysterious at all to see some IE processes running on occasion...but if it's the "SCODEF" and "CREDAT" parts you're worried about, then you're not alone. ...but it doesn't appear to be malicious. :wink:


Have a look at these two pages:


A little weird I certainly agree, but I can't call it malware from Microsoft! (...can I??? :lol: )


Hope that helps!! :)



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