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.
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