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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 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.
Startup files (user) run - iexplore.exe is registered with the run identifier 'Internet Explorer' and the execution command 'C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe' in the Windows registry HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when a user logs into Windows.
Internet Explorer extension - iexplore.exe has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {8c5a024c-7a50-45d5-89ca-bbd0fb4cabfd}. Browser extensions allow applications to add functionality to the browser and change the user interface in a way that is not directly related to the viewable content of Web pages.
Windows® Internet Explorer is loaded by:


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 resource intensive is iexplore.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
1.16893% CPU11689269.9%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
54.75 MB RAM254.3%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
942 /min41.8%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
429 GDI objects286.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
245 context switches/sec245.0%
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?

Windows XP Home Edition (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: 7.00.6000.17099 (vista_gdr.110617-1500)
Product version: 7.00.6000.17099
Size: 619.77 KB
Original file name: IEXPLORE.EXE
Windows file protection: Yes

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: Microsoft Corporation
Effective date: 7/13/2009
Expiration date: 10/13/2010

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 2.8050922317%
Privileged CPU: 1.6361652377%
User CPU: 1.16892699402442%
Privileged CPU time: 1015.62 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 987 ms
Context switches /sec: 245
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 175.56 MB
Peak committed memory: 178.64 MB
Paged memory: 54.75 MB
Peak paged memory: 55.07 MB
Paged system memory: 194.81 KB
Non-paged system memory: 17.27 KB
Working set memory: 4.18 MB
Peak working set memory: 63.27 MB
Min working set memory: 3.89 MB
Private memory: 54.75 MB
Page faults: 21,903
Page faults /min: 21,293
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 844
Read operations /min: 820
Total read transfer: 1.28 MB
Read transfer /min: 1.24 MB
Total write operations: 125
Write operations /min: 122
Total write transfer: 292.49 KB
Write transfer /min: 284.34 KB
Total other operations: 5,325
Other operations /min: 5,177
Total other transfer: 14.67 MB
Other Transfer /min: 14.27 MB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 429
USER objects: 165
Handle count average: 495
Thread count average: 17
Thread resource averages

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: InternetShortcut
Command: "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -nohome

Startup files (user) run details

Name: Internet Explorer
Command: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe

Internet Explorer extension details

CLSID: {8c5a024c-7a50-45d5-89ca-bbd0fb4cabfd}

Image hashes

MD5: 993f33696ef219c306bf9bba34d85073
SHA-1: ec9472ce2b4cff98c285f1a4758f83bc632d1d74
SHA-256: 987651600552287825c871b41287c652921ad54c43c73c87ec314f8e5250228f

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 6.83219
File packed: No
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