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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 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. iexplore.exe is executed by the process svchost.exe (Host Process for Windows Services 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.
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 0.4% of all Boost users have the iexplore.exe process running.Of the 0.4% 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.
0.20650% CPU2064976.1%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
85.33 MB RAM396.3%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
916 /min40.7%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
113 GDI objects75.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
191 context switches/sec191.0%
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?

Windows® Internet Explorer Stability

iexplore.exe crashes or has encountered a critical error 0.8900% of the time.
Error: ]\PbkK\O (BEX)
Occurred on: August 22, 2013
Error: Stopped responding and was closed (AppHangB1)
Details: A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.
Occurred: over 3 months ago
Error: Stopped responding and was closed (AppHangB1)
Details: A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.
Occurred: over 3 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8 (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Enterprise (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)

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File details

File name: iexplore.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows® Internet Explorer
Description: Internet Explorer
Version: 10.00.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247)
Product version: 10.00.9200.16384
Size: 752.45 KB
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: 0.3962501667%
Privileged CPU: 0.1897525605%
User CPU: 0.20649760612455%
Privileged CPU time: 6404.5 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 257 ms
CPU cycle count: 76,960,581
CPU cycle count /min: 274,777,490
Context switches /sec: 191
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 363.49 MB
Peak committed memory: 372.55 MB
Paged memory: 85.33 MB
Peak paged memory: 94.55 MB
Paged system memory: 495.16 KB
Non-paged system memory: 83.66 KB
Working set memory: 102.84 MB
Peak working set memory: 113.03 MB
Min working set memory: 69.15 MB
Private memory: 85.33 MB
Page faults: 114,332
Page faults /min: 8,848
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 2,590
Read operations /min: 376
Total read transfer: 12.95 MB
Read transfer /min: 1.65 MB
Total write operations: 3,946
Write operations /min: 540
Total write transfer: 11.51 MB
Write transfer /min: 1.45 MB
Total other operations: 20,355
Other operations /min: 2,208
Total other transfer: 554.86 KB
Other Transfer /min: 38.02 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 113
Peak GDI objects: 123
USER objects: 136
Peak USER objects: 154
Handle count average: 877
Thread count average: 36
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Low
Windows platform: 64-bit
Parent Processes
Child Process
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" SCODEC:4516 CREDAC:267521 APPIC:Microsoft.Website.230D7B47.BE40E204 /prefetcC:2
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" SCODEC:5940 CREDAC:209921 /prefetcC:2
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" SCODEC:10052 CREDAC:267521 /prefetcC:2
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" SCODEC:4212 CREDAC:267521 /prefetcC:2

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: 1249974f2a658d07e2647dd9c3592b9e
SHA-1: 2db91ca6f37beceb921078586f138a9f2e4062ad
SHA-256: be96cc9766d16e3059b521e464689ef47c0da2b4071c9ad9f936c267bf518759

PE image details

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