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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, 17.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is iexplore.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.02138% CPU213839.2%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
121.48 MB RAM564.2%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
          412 /min18.3%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
422 GDI objects281.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
374 context switches/sec374.0%
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 (5.1.2600.131072)
Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows XP Professional (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6001.65536)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)

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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: 623.84 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: 0.0402171113%
Privileged CPU: 0.0188331890%
User CPU: 0.02138392235565%
Privileged CPU time: 31018253.64 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 58,835 ms
Context switches /sec: 374
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 330.8 MB
Peak committed memory: 359.24 MB
Paged memory: 121.48 MB
Peak paged memory: 144.93 MB
Paged system memory: 231.07 KB
Non-paged system memory: 24.52 KB
Working set memory: 82.83 MB
Peak working set memory: 138.58 MB
Min working set memory: 31.77 MB
Private memory: 121.48 MB
Page faults: 549,344
Page faults /min: 2,118
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 85,156
Read operations /min: 234
Total read transfer: 96.45 MB
Read transfer /min: 1.39 MB
Total write operations: 34,412
Write operations /min: 178
Total write transfer: 78.56 MB
Write transfer /min: 513.15 KB
Total other operations: 433,599
Other operations /min: 998
Total other transfer: 19.83 MB
Other Transfer /min: 81.27 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 422
USER objects: 146
Handle count average: 1,805
Thread count average: 28
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
Parent Processes
Child Processes
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" SCODEC:432 CREDAC:79873
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" SCODEC:7712 CREDAC:14341
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" SCODEC:7712 CREDAC:79873
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" SCODEC:5340 CREDAC:14337

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: b60dddd2d63ce41cb8c487fcfbb6419e
SHA-1: eadce51c88c8261852c1903399dde742fba2061b
SHA-256: b18a0d4beba606bf30f5010ba3c72abafac80d5f303a8bffb24d7f7b78b786e6

PE image details

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