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How to remove an iexplore error


Iexplore.exe is a executable file (a program) for Windows. The filename extension .exe is the abbreviation for executable. Only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if iexplore.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or an application you can trust.

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Iexplore.exe file information

The process known as Internet Explorer or Microsoft Internet Explorer or NirCmd or Windows Explorer or Winamp media file or Microsoft or Stub or Redirect MFC Application

belongs to software Windows Internet Explorer (version 9, 8) or Microsoft Windows Operating System or Adobe Flash Player ActiveX or Adobe Flash Player (version 10 ActiveX, 11 ActiveX) or Microsoft Internet Explorer or Internet Explorer (version 11, 11 Release Preview, 7) or Super DVD Creator (version 9.8 Full, 9.8 Trial, 9.8 Trial Version) or stub

by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or Windows XP or OTAN or NirSoft (www.nirsoft.net) or neet or jpeg or EhG CoRp or vbnxcvdfcvb.

Description: The file iexplore.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (generally C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\). Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 93,184 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 638,816 bytes and 134 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/iexplore.exe.html 
The file is a Windows system file. It is a Microsoft signed file. The process uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 5% dangerous; however you should also read the users reviews.
You can uninstall the program Microsoft Internet Explorer, update it, or ask Customer Support for help. Go to windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/downloads/ie to update it, go to windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/products/ie/home for support, or go to Microsoft Internet Explorer in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it.

Recommended: Identify iexplore.exe related errors .

Viruses with the same file name

Is iexplore.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true iexplore.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Internet Explorer". However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are for instance Backdoor.Generic.250497 (detected by F-Secure), and Win32:Malware-gen (detected by Avast).
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How to recognize suspicious variants? If iexplore.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 85% dangerous. The file size is 82,432 bytes (32% of all occurrences), 84,480 bytes and 16 more variants. The file is not a Windows system file. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. Iexplore.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Iexplore.exe is able to hide itself.

If iexplore.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 7,168 bytes (43% of all occurrences), 20,480 bytes and 16 more variants. The file is not a Windows system file. There is no information about the author of the file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, C:\Windows\win.ini, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Runonce, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\scrfile\shell\open\command, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnceEx, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\exefile\shell\open\command, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). The program is not visible. The software uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet.

If iexplore.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 75% dangerous. The file size is 60,928 bytes (5% of all occurrences), 292,864 bytes and 42 more variants.

If iexplore.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 73% dangerous. The file size is 1,613,275 bytes (17% of all occurrences), 110,592 bytes and 18 more variants.

If iexplore.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 502,272 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 708,608 bytes and 7 more variants.

If iexplore.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 44% dangerous. The file size is 31,232 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 2,019,328 bytes, 4,993,024 bytes or 638,816 bytes.

If iexplore.exe is located in a subfolder of the "My Files" folder, the security rating is 0% dangerous. The file size is 638,816 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 625,664 bytes or 634,024 bytes.

If iexplore.exe is located in the Windows Temp folder, the security rating is 74% dangerous. The file size is 199,168 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

  • "$WindowsRegKey%update" definitely not required.
  • "Explorer Updater" definitely not required. Added by the SDBOT-WO WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) process, which should not appear in Msconfig/Startup unless you add it manually!
  • "Iexplore" definitely not required. Added by the BOXER TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) process, which should not appear in Msconfig/Startup unless you add it manually!
  • "IEXPLORE" definitely not required. Added by the APHEXDOOR TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) process, which should not appear in Msconfig/Startup unless you add it manually!
  • "Iexplore Services" definitely not required. Added by an unidentified VIRUS, WORM or TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) process, which should not appear in Msconfig/Startup unless you add it manually!
  • "Internet Explorer" definitely not required. Added by the RBOT-EY WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) process, which should not appear in Msconfig/Startup unless you add it manually!
  • "Java Runtimes" definitely not required. Added by the KILLAV.B TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) process, which should not appear in Msconfig/Startup unless you add it manually!
  • "Microsoft IE" definitely not required. Added by the FORBOT-AG WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) process, which should not appear in Msconfig/Startup unless you add it manually!
  • "Microsoft Internet Explorer" definitely not required. Downloader trojan. Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) process, which should not appear in Msconfig/Startup unless you add it manually!
  • "OPTIMIZER" definitely not required. Added by the EVIVINC TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) process, which should not appear in Msconfig/Startup unless you add it manually!
  • "Program in Windows" definitely not required. Added by a variant of the LOVGATE WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) process, which should not appear in Msconfig/Startup unless you add it manually!
  • "slide" definitely not required. Added by the GASLIDE TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) process, which should not appear in Msconfig/Startup unless you add it manually!
  • "System Configuration" definitely not required. Added by the RANDEX.AD WORM! Note - this is not the legitimate Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) process, which should not appear in Msconfig/Startup unless you add it manually!

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as iexplore.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the iexplore.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.



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User Comments

This is Internet Explorer, a normal component of Windows, the most common virus
  Bill Gates  
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,
   
my iexplorer.exe is a virus from mcafee
   
All I did was download FREE Microsoft Security Essentials from the Microsoft security website. Problems fixed, computer runs like a new one.
  David  
Tools > Internet Options > Advanced de-select (reuse windows for launching shortcuts) under Browsing. "Problem solved" !!a
  dhimitri  
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8/9
   
There seems to be quite some confusion with regards to the nature of iexploree.exe / Iexeplore.exe / Iexeplorer.exe: regular Windows process or malware. If it is causing problems it should be considered as dangerous.
  Lucas   (further information)
I cant stop it.Everytime i use task manager to kill it,it just pops back up
  Andrew  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of iexplore.exe: based on 319 votes with 9 reviews.
56 users think iexplore.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 13 users think it's probably harmless. 65 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 49 users suspect danger. 136 users think iexplore.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 48 users don't grade iexplore.exe ("not sure about it").


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