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Solved: XP IE6 and iexplore.exe

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by stantley, Apr 15, 2008.

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  1. stantley

    stantley Thread Starter

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    I just noticed this problem, but I'm not sure how long it's been going on because I seldom use IE. When I start IE the process iexplore.exe starts up, which is normal, but when I close IE, iexplore.exe keeps running, which is not normal. If I start IE again it will start another iexplore.exe, so I can have several running and the only way to stop them is to kill them with task manager.

    Now another thing I have happening which is even weirder is I'll start IE, then kill iexplore.exe and IE keeps running like normal. :confused:

    I've run all the anti-virus and anti-spyware stuff I can think of and everything comes up clean. I'm current with all Windows updates. Any ideas?
     
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    It is normal for this too happen the only time to worry is if it has an extra r in it like iexplorer.exe then you are infected.
     
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    The way it always use to work is you start IE, then iexplore.exe starts up, you stop IE and iexplore.exe stops, or if you kill iexplore.exe, IE stops. A one to one correspondence.

    I don't think it's normal to spawn multiple iexplore.exe processes.
     
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    Well, I figured out what it was, so I thought I'd post the answer in case somebody else has the same problem. By using Process Explorer I noticed that IE was actually using explorer.exe to run in and not iexplore.exe. If these two registry entries are set to 'No'

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/software/microsoft/windows/currentversion/explorer/BrowseNewProcess

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER/software/microsoft/windows/currentversion/explorer/BrowseNewProcess

    when you open IE it will share explorer.exe with Windows Explorer. I changed them back to 'Yes' and IE runs in iexplore.exe which now stops when you close IE. I'm still not sure how they actually got switched to 'No'.

    More info here: http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/answers/28.html
     
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