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#1 kronos92

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 10:27 AM

My task manager shows me multiple iexplore.exe files running in the background. But i dont use IE at all. I had read somewhere on the net that a squared anti spyware can remove this. I installed and ran a-squared, but the problem persists. I am currenlty using AVG Free antivirus and AVG anitspyware. i have scanned my computer using both, but am still unable to get rid of the virus/ spyware.

The multiple processes eat away a lot of memory and slowdown my computer. Shutting the processes using task manager doesn't help as the processes restart again, slowing my comp even further.

Someone please help me!

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 02:52 PM

What OS (Win XP/2000, etc) are you using? Did you try doing an anti-virus scan in "SAFE MODE"? Have you performed any anti-spyware scans?

If you do a Google search you will find numerous complaints of multiple instances of iexplore.exe running in Task Manager. This could problem could be malware or non-malware related. For example, 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. The legit iexplore.exe is located in the C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer folder.

For others the problem was related to the Yahoo toolbar and uninstalling it was the correct solution. Prior to doing this all anti-virus and anti-malware scans found nothing suspicious.

Another possible cause has been traced to instant email notification settings at various board forums. A new instance of iexplore.exe was created each time the user opened an email, clicked a link and visted a forum. They were also using Spyware Doctor and the problem only occurred if that program was actively running in the background. When Spyware Doctor was disabled, the problem did not occur.
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Posted 19 February 2007 - 03:32 AM

I am using windows XP. i have scanned my PC for viruses, spyware and malware using the above mentioned software. I dont use spyware doctor or Yahoo toolbar. Will try scanning in safe mode and reply.

Thanks for your help!

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 09:00 AM

You can also download and use Process Explorer to investigate all running processes and gather additional information to identify and resolve problems. This tool will show the process CPU usage, a description and its path location.
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