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    Default Multiple Explorers

    Windows Task Manager tells me that I have:

    iexplore.exe at 219,500 k
    iexplore.exe at 14,200 k
    explore.exe at 7,800 k

    running at the same time
    when logged on. (One of the iexplores even runs at logoff idle!) This could be some sort of a virus disguising itself as Internet Explorer but neither Verizon/McAffee or HijackThis can spot it given its benign name.

    One of the iexplores resides in ServicePack\i386 subdirectory,
    another resides in Windows\Prefetch directory,
    and yet another is in WINDOWS\ie8,
    plus there's one in quarantine.

    To make the matter even stranger, I can find NO FILE called "explore.exe" at all!

    Pretty strange stuff. Has anyone had this problem and solved it?

    Thanks in advance.

    (I've got an old XP OS with puny a 2.4 Ghz processor so unnecessary programs and spyware take a real hit.)

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    Default Re: Multiple Explorers

    a lot of programs use the IE control in their programs. Its easier and more adaptive to create a website then a windows gui. It's most likely that. I have never even launcher IE on this system and I got 2 of them running. In my case both originate from my G19 keyboard and its plugins.

    Not said its that, but it could be a reason
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    Default Re: Multiple Explorers

    Thanks to a really informative website hosted by "Black Viper" I now know that this is normal Windows behavior. Thank you both for clearing this up. Still with over forty programs running in the background, you'd think there would be something I could safely disable, especially if I'm not connected to the internet!

    Black Viper’s Windows XP x86 (32-bit) Service Pack 3 Service Configurations | Black Viper's Website |

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