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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.

How does iexplore.exe start?

Shell open command - iexplore.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of ftp with and identifier of "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" %1. 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.
Scheduled task - iexplore.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\0'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.5% of all Boost users have the iexplore.exe process running.Of the 0.5% of iexplore.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is iexplore.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.01185% CPU118513.3%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
34.31 MB RAM159.4%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
374 GDI objects249.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
131 context switches/sec131.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
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?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)

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File details

File name: iexplore.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows® Internet Explorer
Description: Internet Explorer
Version: 8.00.6001.18702 (longhorn_ie8_rtm(wmbla).090308-0339)
Product version: 8.00.6001.18702
Size: 1.87 MB
Original file name: IEXPLORE.EXE.MUI
Windows file protection: Yes

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: Microsoft Corporation
Expiration date: 10/26/2013

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0186299040%
Privileged CPU: 0.0067785717%
User CPU: 0.01185133224843%
Privileged CPU time: 13406250 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
Context switches /sec: 131
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 176.1 MB
Peak committed memory: 190.18 MB
Paged memory: 34.31 MB
Peak paged memory: 41.38 MB
Paged system memory: 248.7 KB
Non-paged system memory: 18.78 KB
Working set memory: 33.93 MB
Peak working set memory: 45.07 MB
Min working set memory: 27.29 MB
Private memory: 34.31 MB
Page faults: 33,792
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 1,732
Total read transfer: 3.28 MB
Total write operations: 2,630
Total write transfer: 3.56 MB
Total other operations: 8,494
Total other transfer: 250.5 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 374
USER objects: 145
Handle count average: 724
Thread count average: 24

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
Parent Process
Child Processes
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" SCODEC:992 CREDAC:145409
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" httC://

Shell open command details

Name: InternetShortcut
Command: "C:\Program Files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe" "%1"

Scheduled task details

CLSID: {2DCD1DD7-C11A-429A-A73E-B7C06B5288CE}
Command: \{2DCD1DD7-C11A-429A-A73E-B7C06B5288CE}

Image hashes

MD5: f7a11c408d7cfcfe58befaa38984d0f4
SHA-1: d78ff37177383e4badd525ad30aa609c210cbd2f

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File packed: No
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