What does the iexplore.exe file do?
The iexplore.exe process is also known as Internet Explorer or, as the case may be, Windows Explorer and is a part of Windows Internet Explorer (Version 9, 8, 7) or, as the case may be, Microsoft Windows. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or, as the case may be, WinUpdate. 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.
- 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".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 638,816 bytes (18% of all these files), 748,336 bytes as well as 121 other variants.
The iexplore file is part of the Windows operating system found in C:\Windows\. 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. For this reason, 3% 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 (such as Spyware.PCAcme or, as the case may be, WS.Reputation.1 (recognized by Symantec), as well as Win32:BackDoor-ZQ [Trj] (recognized by Avast)).
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 56% 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 (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 1,536 bytes. The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. Iexplore.exe was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. It has none of the usual file information, such as version number, etc.
- A iexplore.exe file has a 76% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows. In this case, the file size is usually 1,825,280 bytes. This particular software does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. It was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. This process is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: Run, MACHINE\Run). Iexplore.exe is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. Iexplore.exe is capable of monitor other applications, log keyboard entries as well as Change the behavior of other applications.
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 Microsoft Windows
To remove Internet Explorer from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Windows Internet Explorer or Microsoft Windows in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then 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.