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What is iexplore.exe?

Part of Windows® Internet Explorer by Microsoft

What is it?

IExplore.exe is at the top level, and is the Internet Explorer executable. It is a small application that relies on the other main components of Internet Explorer to do the work of rendering, navigation, protocol implementation, and so on.
Description of iexplore.exe from Microsoft
Internet Explorer harnesses the untapped power of your PC, delivering pages full of vivid graphics, smoother video, and interactive content. Experience the web the way you want to with a cleaner look, favorite sites pinned to the taskbar, and seamless integration with Windows.Browse confidently with built-in tools like SmartScreen Filter and Tracking Protection that let you be more aware of threats to your PC and your privacy. The new graphic capabilities and improved performance in Internet Explorer 9 set the stage for immersive and rich experiences.
(iexplore.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does iexplore.exe run?

Process - iexplore.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. iexplore.exe is executed by the process explorer.exe (Windows Explorer by Microsoft).

How does iexplore.exe start?

Shell open command - iexplore.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of giffile with and identifier of "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -nohome. A Shell Open Command allows for an association of a file extension and a program. This association allows an application to be run when the icon or a context menu item is clicked upon in the Windows Explorer window.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the iexplore.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of iexplore.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How stable is Windows® Internet Explorer?
Based on crash data discovered by Boost, stability is a measure of how sound this particular process and the average percent of times it crashes.
Typical program1.26%
How resource intensive is iexplore.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.34164% CPU3416357.3%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
24.56 MB RAM114.1%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
     87 /min3.9%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
365 GDI objects243.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe

Are there other versions of Windows® Internet Explorer?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by Windows® Internet Explorer.

What else is related?

Windows® Internet Explorer Stability

iexplore.exe crashes or has encountered a critical error 0.8900% of the time.
Error: Stopped working (APPCRASH)
Occurred: over 6 months ago
Error: Stopped working (APPCRASH)
Occurred: over 6 months ago
Error: Stopped working (APPCRASH)
Occurred: over 6 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Vista Ultimate (6.0.6000.0)

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File details

File name: iexplore.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows® Internet Explorer
Description: Internet Explorer
Version: 7.00.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205)
Product version: 7.00.6000.16386
Size: 610.5 KB
Original file name: IEXPLORE.EXE.MUI
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.7163606986%
Privileged CPU: 0.3747249725%
User CPU: 0.34163572607261%
Total CPU time: 2,668 ms
Total CPU time /min: 680 ms
Privileged CPU time: 1872.01 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 477 ms
User CPU time: 795.61 ms
User CPU time /min: 203 ms
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 169.44 MB
Peak committed memory: 183.09 MB
Paged memory: 24.56 MB
Peak paged memory: 26.63 MB
Paged system memory: 258.18 KB
Non-paged system memory: 20.09 KB
Working set memory: 33.43 MB
Peak working set memory: 33.73 MB
Min working set memory: 33.43 MB
Private memory: 24.56 MB
Page faults: 11,034
Page faults /min: 2,811
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 294
Read operations /min: 75
Total read transfer: 290.45 KB
Read transfer /min: 73.99 KB
Total write operations: 46
Write operations /min: 12
Total write transfer: 122.36 KB
Write transfer /min: 31.17 KB
Total other operations: 5,129
Other operations /min: 1,307
Total other transfer: 1.58 MB
Other Transfer /min: 412.87 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 365
USER objects: 210
Handle count average: 578
Thread count average: 19

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Windows platform: 32-bit
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"

Shell open command details

Name: xmlfile
Command: "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" -nohome

Image hashes

MD5: 7023bc3af58f0c47856af147e290d81a
SHA-1: 3669e301f67d15379f535208c7da549ba8b55bed
SHA-256: 8663e1ab3a7229ffa38dde3e185da139f94332a1df464db690b8f204e143467f

PE image details

File entropy: 6.81388
File packed: No
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