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Kudos0

iexplore.exe

Recently , when opening an Internet Explorer news fed window, and continue to read the post, a Norton Security window pops up with the message " Intrusion Attempt Blocked". This has been going on for about a month. I went into Norton Security history and found the intrusion attempt and found a fairly lengthy message describing the problem part of which stated "The attack was resulted from \DEVICE\HARDDISKVOLUME2\PROGRAM FILES(X86)\INTERNETEXPLORER\IEXPLORE.EXE."

I went into "Program files\internet explorer" and saw a file 'IEXPLORE.EXE' dated Dec. 14, 2018. Strangely, that is about when I stated having this problem. Checked the security tab in that folder and it says "account unknown (S-1-15-2-1)

Today, while accessing a news feed got a pop-up that stated my Windows System needed attention or something to that effect, don't know what else , I immediately shut down pc, but I did restart with no problems.  

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Kudos0

Re: iexplore.exe

Hi, Andrew. Sounds like a possible re-direct or pup/pua attempt to scam you into clicking onto a possible link.

I'd suggest running a scan with the free version of Malwarebytes, to see if it picks anything up.

It tends to pick up scamware and stuff often picked up from clicking on web links, or downloading junk bundled with legitimate programs.

Also, you can then run a Full Scan with Norton anyway, and then see if it finds anything.

Let us know how you get on.

Windows 10 Home X 64 Norton Security Premium Current
Kudos0

Re: iexplore.exe

Did full scan twice, didn't pick anything serious up, just some tracking cookies. I do recall clicking on an email I received regarding an offer for 'sale price on canvas photo prints' around that time, as soon as that sight opened I realized there was something wrong and quickly got out of it.

I will try the Malwarebytes and follow up tomorrow.

TX

Kudos1 Stats

Re: iexplore.exe

You can also try adding an ad blocker extension to your browser to help protect against this kind of redirect.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.
Kudos0

Re: iexplore.exe

Did the Malware scan, found 46 threats, most of which were pup attempts. Will see how that goes. Still concerned about the iexplore.exe file only because of the timing of its installation date of 12/14/18 and problems.

Kudos0

Re: iexplore.exe

The date you see for iexplore.exe could just be from a Windows Update. I see the same date for iexplore on my Win 10 1803 laptop.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.
Kudos0

Re: iexplore.exe

Hi, Andrew. What peterweb says is possible, but it's right to be concerned about iexplore.exe, as it can be used maliciously.

Just Google iexplore.exe , and you'll see what I mean !

AdBlock Plus or UBlock Origin, are two of the best ad blockers. I use UBlock.

Good that MBytes identified a lot of pups which aren't necessarily dangerous, but can be an annoyance.

IF you've got a clear scan result from Norton and MBytes has cleared up those pups, then all should be okay.

Let us know if you have any further issues.

Windows 10 Home X 64 Norton Security Premium Current
Kudos0

Re: iexplore.exe

Did Google iexplore.exe last week, and yes there are various pros and cons about it. Question, can I delete it and if so how?

Thanks all for your assitance

Kudos1 Stats

Re: iexplore.exe

You do not want to delete iexplore.exe. It is a component of Internet Explorer which is part of your Windows installation. Here is some information from File.net on this file.

https://www.file.net/process/iexplore.exe.html

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.
Kudos1 Stats

Re: iexplore.exe

peterweb said

You do not want to delete iexplore.exe. It is a component of Internet Explorer which is part of your Windows installation.

As Peter said, it's part of Internet Explorer, which is why you need to be aware of malware that can run under that guise.

Sensible browsing, NOT downloading junk ware bundled with legitimate programs and keeping everything updated, will help keep you out of trouble.

Windows 10 Home X 64 Norton Security Premium Current
Kudos0

Re: iexplore.exe

peterweb

too much information overload at that site, Tx for the advice.

Andrew

Kudos0

Re: iexplore.exe

I went into Norton Security history and found the intrusion attempt and found a fairly lengthy message describing the problem part of which stated "The attack was resulted from \DEVICE\HARDDISKVOLUME2\PROGRAM FILES(X86)\INTERNETEXPLORER\IEXPLORE.EXE."

FYI  This message does not mean that iexplore.exe is infected. It is just reporting that Internet Explorer was the program that was running where the suspected intrusion was detected. This is normal as a web attack is going to be made through your browser. The good news is that Norton detected it and blocked it.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.