What does the iexplore.exe file do?
The iexplore.exe process is also known as Internet Explorer or, as the case may be, NirCmd and is a part of Windows Internet Explorer (Version 9, 8, 7) or, as the case may be, Microsoft Windows Operating System. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or, as the case may be, OTAN. An obsolete or defective version of iexplore.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Internet Explorer has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Internet Explorer has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- iexplore.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module iexplore.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about iexplore.exe Internet Explorer
iexplore.exe is a Windows system file. The file iexplore.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in in a subdirectory of the "My Documents" folder (mainly C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\).
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 638,816 bytes (30% of all these files), 625,664 bytes as well as 128 other variants.
The iexplore file is part of the operating system. The original file was created by Microsoft. The file itself can therefore be considered trustworthy. It has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. The application is receiving or sending data on the LAN (your local network) or on the Internet. For this reason, 5% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
iexplore.exe is a system file used by Microsoft Windows, and appears in Windows Task Manager as a process named "Internet Explorer." However, some viruses or Trojans use the same file name in order to remain undetected (for example WORM_VANBOT.VS or, as the case may be, TROJ_SPNR.27L811 (recognized by TrendMicro), as well as VirTool:Win32/DelfInject.gen!U or, as the case may be, Trojan:Win32/Bumat!rts (recognized by Microsoft)).
To be really safe, you should scan your computer with two different anti-virus engines. You can use a free Anti-Malware scanner for this purpose.
Objectionable files with the same file name have the following characteristics:
- A iexplore.exe file has a 22% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows. In this case, the file size is usually 634,648 bytes (40% of all these files), 93,184 bytes, 212,065 bytes or, as the case may be, 1,825,280 bytes. The iexplore file is not part of the Windows operating system. This iexplore.exe process is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network. To verify its trustworthiness, Microsoft has provided it with an embedded certificate. Iexplore.exe is capable of log keyboard entries, track other applications as well as Change the behavior of other applications.
- A iexplore.exe file has a 40% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 445,440 bytes (20% of all these files), 622,080 bytes, 424,448 bytes, 638,816 bytes or, as the case may be, 1,536 bytes. It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. This iexplore program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. This file does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. This process can initiate a network connection--either to the Internet or on your LAN.
- A iexplore.exe file has a 52% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\. In this case, the file size is usually 31,232 bytes (66% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 638,816 bytes.
- A iexplore.exe file has a 72% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. In this case, the file size is usually 43,520 bytes (66% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 84,992 bytes.
- A iexplore.exe file has a 87% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows\System32. In this case, the file size is usually 708,608 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 2,162,688 bytes.
- A iexplore.exe file has a 90% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows directory. In this case, the file size is usually 939,008 bytes.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves iexplore.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about iexplore?
|Windows Internet Explorer Browser |
|without bugs it should be OK ;) |
|This is important file for windows, but there is a virus that will make the process run when you do not have the program open at all, (further information...) |
Summary: 57 users judge iexplore.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 11 users consider it harmless. However, 47 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 130 users have already deleted iexplore.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Windows Internet Explorer or the program
To remove Internet Explorer from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for Windows Internet Explorer or the program in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if iexplore.exe (Internet Explorer) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Internet Explorer. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Internet Explorer or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or iexplore.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.