What is iexplore.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 iexplore.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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Iexplore.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with iexplore
Iexplore.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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 ( or Windows XP or OTAN or NirSoft ( or neet or jpeg or EhG CoRp or vbnxcvdfcvb.

Description: The original iexplore.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The file iexplore.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (generally C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\). Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 93,184 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 638,816 bytes and 134 more variants. 
The file is a Windows system file. It is a Microsoft signed file. The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 5% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
You can uninstall the program Microsoft Internet Explorer, update it, or ask Customer Support for help. Go to to update it, go to for support, or go to Microsoft Internet Explorer in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it.

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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?

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

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.


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.
Tools > Internet Options > Advanced de-select (reuse windows for launching shortcuts) under Browsing. "Problem solved" !!a
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
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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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Best practices for resolving iexplore issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with iexplore. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 iexplore.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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