What is ie.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the ie.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Ie.exe file information

The process known as ie.exe belongs to software Internet Explorer or iexplore by Microsoft (

Description: Ie.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Ie.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 183,248 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 27,345 bytes, 183,332 bytes or 462,848 bytes. 
There is no file information. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, Winlogon\Shell). The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. Ie.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name ie.exe, for example BKDR_Generic.DIT or Cryp_MEW-11 (detected by TrendMicro), and Downloader or Trojan Horse (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the ie.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Added by W32/Sdbot-VS TROJAN/backdoor. Remote access, by way of the IRC network, becomes available to unauthorized users.
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Summary: Average user rating of ie.exe: based on 2 votes with 1 user comment. 2 users think ie.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving ie issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ie. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the ie.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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