Iexplorer.exe is a process that is carried out by Microsoft Internet Explorer and is primarily what connects users to the Internet. A user will type a URL in the address bar and iexplorer.exe is what makes the connection between the two. This particular process supports a number of different web pages as well as various other Windows Operating System (OS) features. Iexplorer.exe process is displayed when a user opens the Windows Task Manager, which shows what programs are running on a computer at that very moment. The Task Manager also serves to monitor a computer’s performance or shut down a program that is not responding.
What is iexplorer.exe?
Iexplorer.exe can also be a process belonging to the AdClicker advertising program. This process analyzes a user’s browsing history and dispenses the data back to the AdClicker’s servers for closer inspection. Non-system processes like this particular type of iexplorer.exe most often originate from software installed on an OS. Most manually installed applications store data in a system’s hard drive. If the data is harmful then it is most likely that a system’s hard drive will suffer and accrue damaging effects.
This type of iexplorer.exe is very likely to be spyware and should always be removed as soon as possible in order to decrease the damage an OS may experience. Iexplorer.exe originating from the AdClicker program can also produce advertising pop ups which are considered a security risk as well. In addition, this type of iexplorer.exe can cause Internet Explorer to run slowly due to the amount of CPU usage.
CPU usage refers to a system’s processor and how much work it is doing. A processor is able to manage a number of different programs at the same time. More of a processor’s available power is used when too many programs are running simultaneously. This can often mean that a system may not be able to run anything else. A CPU meter that is close to 100% indicates a processor that is working intensely on a variety of programs. A CPU meter that is lower in percentage indicates a processor that is not very active and can therefore manage more applications. CPU usage is usually not a cause for concern unless the meter increases when nothing is running, which is commonly an indication of a virus.
The iexplorer.exe virus is a frequent infection that affects users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. Iexplorer.exe can use up to 80% CPU time and if it appears when Internet Explorer is not running, the presence of the iexplorer.exe virus is usually at hand. This particular virus can have many negative effects on the stability of an OS including disabling a browser’s address field, as well as producing shortcuts on a desktop and slowing a computer’s memory. Additionally, the virus can allow hackers access to all files and folders and the ability to steal usernames and passwords.
To prevent OS crashes and virus related problems, there are many precautions a user can take including disabling programs that are not used, and making sure the currently installed antivirus programs are updated frequently. Unknown links, attachments, and websites should also be avoided. In addition to manually removing the virus, it is also recommended that firewall be activated and a protection scan be performed regularly.
Iexplore.exe is another name for the Internet Explorer browser. Iexplore.exe serves the same function as explorer.exe with the addition of Microsoft Update support. This process is essential for a Windows system to function properly and removing it is not recommended. Iexplore.exe should generally be found in a subfolder of C:\Program Files. If the process is located in another folder or is displayed multiple times when the Task Manager is opened, then a virus has imminently appeared.
An extremely common threat that can put an iexplore.exe virus is called a backdoor Trojan. A common trojan is Backdoor.GrayBird. A ‘backdoor’ essentially runs behind an OS and is not usually detected with a normal system scan. They are the most harmful, widespread form of trojan virus. The Backdoor.GrayBird trojan is most commonly sent to a user via a hacker and can run masked as “iexplore.exe” without the consent of the user. Once a computer is infected, backdoor trojans can be programmed to modify files, gather confidential data from a computer, freeze programs, reboot the OS and slow computer performance.
There are numerous preventative measures that can be taken in order to avoid acquiring an iexplore.exe virus on a computer. Increasing password security helps tremendously in minimizing the damage caused by viruses and backdoor infections. Disabling services that are not used on a computer, such as an FTP server, Web server, or any Telnet services, also helps in securing a vulnerable system against attacks. It is also recommended that when programming email filters, to set to block file attachments with extensions frequently used to spread viruses.
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Updating anti-malware software and performing a full system scan to remove virus infections also makes a difference. A reliable security program will help effectively remove any malicious programs found on an OS and additionally, will restore Internet Explorer to its normal setting. Finally, it is recommended to lower the number of add-ons an OS contains. Having too many add-ons can make a browser sluggish and erratic in performance. Add-ons can be installed manually or by the program itself. Different spyware and adware programs install their own add-ons to keep track of browsing activities. Spyware and adware related add-ons have also been known to monitor web searches and record user names, passwords, and bank and credit card information. Add-ons can be monitored by the user under Internet Options settings tab.
Iexplorer.exe and iexplore.exe are both important processes that are essential for the smooth operation of a Windows OS. A user should always keep an eye out however, for signs of impending viruses and take the necessary steps in order to rid a system of any harmful infections that may cause serious side effects.