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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 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.
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.

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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.
     iexplore.exe0.03%
Typical program1.26%
How resource intensive is iexplore.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00238% CPU23802.1%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
179.92 MB RAM835.5%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
3,867 /min171.6%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
245 GDI objects163.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
562 context switches/sec562.0%
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.
1.  
Error: Stopped working (APPCRASH)
Occurred: over 6 months ago
2.  
Error: Stopped working (BEX)
Occurred: over 6 months ago
3.  
Error: Stopped responding and was closed (AppHangB1)
Details: A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.
Occurred: over 6 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

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

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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: 752.46 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: 0.0054679482%
Privileged CPU: 0.0030877419%
User CPU: 0.00238020636231%
Privileged CPU time: 1191006.2 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 3,990 ms
CPU cycle count: 184,243,144
CPU cycle count /min: 255,447,970
Context switches /sec: 562
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 576.56 MB
Peak committed memory: 633.72 MB
Paged memory: 179.92 MB
Peak paged memory: 214.39 MB
Paged system memory: 686.42 KB
Non-paged system memory: 147.2 KB
Working set memory: 151.57 MB
Peak working set memory: 234.49 MB
Min working set memory: 69.93 MB
Private memory: 179.92 MB
Page faults: 3,886,642
Page faults /min: 51,007
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 656,056
Read operations /min: 2,510
Total read transfer: 66.84 MB
Read transfer /min: 3.32 MB
Total write operations: 50,541
Write operations /min: 1,357
Total write transfer: 87.27 MB
Write transfer /min: 1.99 MB
Total other operations: 1,421,706
Other operations /min: 4,931
Total other transfer: 28.33 MB
Other Transfer /min: 98.06 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 245
Peak GDI objects: 286
USER objects: 147
Peak USER objects: 253
Resources
Handle count average: 1,686
Thread count average: 47
Thread resource averages
wow64cpu.dll
wow64win.dll
wow64.dll
ieshims.dll
ntdll.dll
iertutil.dll

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:1076 CREDAC:267521 /prefetcC:2
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" SCODEC:9244 CREDAC:2626846 /prefetcC:2
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" SCODEC:9244 CREDAC:3020148 /prefetcC:2
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" SCODEC:9244 CREDAC:267521 /prefetcC:2
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" SCODEC:5196 CREDAC:4723990 /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: d05965c02fd5781503968225b22189f4
SHA-1: a47496419a88760259a92393a8e642e0ad84d93d
SHA-256: e74587f99e369849023388debbe9c9d7c6c9da4c741e6634cebcda17a27a7fbe

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File packed: No
Import Table
advapi32.dll
api-ms-win-downlevel-advapi32-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-downlevel-shlwapi-l1-1-0.dll
gdi32.dll
kernel32.dll
msvcrt.dll
ntdll.dll
ole32.dll
shell32.dll
shlwapi.dll
user32.dll
version.dll
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