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VNBoonie71
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Registered: ‎01-02-2009

What's the difference between iexplore.exe and explorer.exe?

In an attempt to gather more memory I came across an iexplore.exe process along with an explorer.exe process.  The iexplore.exe is chewing more memory.  Is it a legit process?  Can it be removed if not?

 

Thanks,

VNBoonie

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Vineeth
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Re: What's the difference between iexplore.exe and explorer.exe?

The explorer frame is capable of browsing the file system (My Computer, c:\, etc) as well as the Internet.  iexplore.exe starts Internet Explorer, which is the explorer frame browsing the Internet, with all the correct buttons and other UI elements.  explore.exe starts the shell the first time it is run.  If you run explorer.exe again, by doing something like Start->Run->explorer.exe->OK, it launches a file system view with all the corresponding buttons and widgets. 

 

 

Vineeth--

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yogesh_mohan
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Re: What's the difference between iexplore.exe and explorer.exe?

Hi VNBoonie71,

 

Welcome to Norton Community!

 

Windows Explorer(explorer.exe) is a file manager application that is included with releases of the Microsoft Windows operating system from Windows 95 onwards. It provides a graphical user interface for accessing the file systems. It is also the component of the operating system that presents the user interface on the monitor and enables the user to control the computer. It is sometimes referred to as the Windows Shell, or simply “Explorer”. This is the user shell, which we see as the familiar taskbar, desktop, and so on. This process isn't as vital to the running of Windows as you might expect, and can be stopped (and restarted) from Task Manager, usually with no negative side effects on the system. The explorer.exe file is located in the folder C:\Windows. In other cases, explorer.exe is a virus, spyware, trojan or worm.

 

The iexplore.exe file is referred to as the executable file of Microsoft Internet Explorer. The graphical user interface of the iexplore.exe file is composed of graphical Internet pages viewed. Iexplore.exe is the Web browser that connects to the Internet when a user enters a URL in the address bar found on its GUI. This program is a non-essential process, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems.

 

This iexplore.exe could also be a process which belongs to a trojan. Determining whether iexplore.exe is a virus or a legitimate Windows process depends on the directory location it executes or runs from. The default path of iexplore.exe in Windows XP is C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer.

 

Yogesh

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VNBoonie71
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Registered: ‎01-02-2009

Re: What's the difference between iexplore.exe and explorer.exe?

Hi,

I found iexplore (no .exe) in C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer folder and 9 other C:\WINDOWS folders.

I did find 3 different iexplore.exe files in C:\WINDOW\Prefetch.  Can any of those be removed?

Thanks,

VNBoonie

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yogesh_mohan
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Re: What's the difference between iexplore.exe and explorer.exe?

Hi VNBoonie71,

 

Right-click on iexplore that you found in C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer folder and select Properties. Under General tab, you can find the File type mentioned as "Application". This means that it is an Executable or .exe file.

 

You can remove the rest of the instances of iexplore.exe. But, better to confirm before doing it.

Download Hijackthis using this link: http://www.trendsecure.com/portal/en-US/tools/security_tools/hijackthis/download. You need download the third in the list (Excutable), install it and click "Do a system scan and save a log". Then open the log in Notepad. Either post the log or send it as a private message. Click on my name in the post, and you can find the option to send Private message in my profile.

 

Yogesh

huwyngr
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Re: What's the difference between iexplore.exe and explorer.exe?


VNBoonie71 wrote:

Hi,

I found iexplore (no .exe) ......


There is a setting in Windows Explorer -- the file manager one -- which is default set to "hide extensions for known file types" [that is the wording in XP; might be slightly different in VISTA?] which is a crazy idea of Microsoft's to help people.

 

I would recommend that you uncheck the box against this item which you will find:

 

Open Windows Explorer (not Internet Explorer) and click on Tools / Folder Options / View and locate:

 

[ x ] hide extensions for known file types

 

and click on the check box to uncheck it.

 

Then at the top of that screen click on Apply to all folders

Then you will see the extension for all files and be able to tell the difference between two files next to each other both with the same name ..... because one is name.ini and the other is name.exe for example.

 

Another advantage of doing this is that some malware takes the name of a file and inserts a harmless looking extension when it is really an .exe file that will run if you click on it.

 

Hope that helps you understand some of the goings on in your computer.



Hugh
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SoccerDad
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Registered: ‎12-26-2008

Re: What's the difference between iexplore.exe and explorer.exe?

iexolprer.exe  = internet explorer

 

explorer.exe = Windows explorer

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NY1986
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Re: What's the difference between iexplore.exe and explorer.exe?

[ Edited ]

soccer dad- I'm not tha bright when it comes to these things, so

 

windows explorer functions as in exploring the windows files and programs? and both of these are needed right?

 

And one can have 3 iexplorer.exe if they have 3 internet windows open, right? Which by the way, is there any problem in doing that?

Message Edited by NY1986 on 01-02-2009 04:19 PM
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SoccerDad
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Registered: ‎12-26-2008

Re: What's the difference between iexplore.exe and explorer.exe?

Simply try it yourself. Dowload Process Explorer. But why open up 3 windows of Internet Explorer when IE 7 has tab browsing. Or better yet use Firefox.

 

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx

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NY1986
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Registered: ‎06-27-2008

Re: What's the difference between iexplore.exe and explorer.exe?

I just do it. No good reason. For some reason I like another window open. I bet it takes up more resources