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Internet Explorer is a program developed by Microsoft. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds an extension to the user's Internet Explorer web browser. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The programs's main executable is iexplore.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 107.31 MB of memory. The software installer includes 28 files and is usually about 3.05 MB (3,199,259 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 7. While about 42% of users of Internet Explorer come from the United States, it is also popular in DZ and MA.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.microsoft.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\internet explorer
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
Estimated size: 3.05 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Internet Explorer

Program executable:iexplore.exe
Name:Windows® Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer
Path:C:\Program Files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe
IExplore.exe is at the top level, and is the Internet Explorer executable. It is a small application that relies on the other main components of Internet Explorer to do the work of rendering, navigation, protocol implementation, and so on.
Additional files:
  • D3DCompiler_47.dll - Direct3D HLSL Compiler for Redistribution
  • msdbg2.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2013 Preview (Microsoft Visual Studio 7.0 Debugging Proxy/Stub)
  • pdm.dll - Process Debug Manager
  • pdmproxy100.dll - Microsoft Process Debug Manager Proxy/Stub v10.0
  • iessetup.dll - Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
  • HMMAPI.DLL - Microsoft HTTP Mail Simple MAPI
  • ExtExport.exe - Windows® Internet Explorer (Internet Explorer ImpExp FF exporter)
  • iecleanup.exe - Cleans up IE per-user data on uninstall
  • iecompat.dll - Internet Explorer Compatibility Data
  • iediagcmd.exe - Diagnostics utility for Internet Explorer
  • iedvtool.dll - Internet Explorer F12 developer tools
  • iedw.exe - IE Crash Detection
  • ieinstal.exe
  • ielowutil.exe - Internet Low-Mic Utility Tool
  • ieproxy.dll - IE ActiveX Interface Marshaling Library
  • IEShims.dll - Internet Explorer Compatibility Shims
  • jsdbgui.dll
  • jsdebuggeride.dll - JScript Debugger IDE
  • JSProfilerCore.dll - F12 JScript Profiler
  • jsprofilerui.dll
  • networkinspection.dll - Network Inspection
  • xpshims.dll - Internet Explorer Compatibility Shims for XP
  • DiagnosticsTap.dll - Internet Explorer (F12 Developer Tools Diagnostics TAP)
  • F12Tools.dll - F12 Developer Tools Library
  • sqmapi.dll - SQM Client

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • iexplore.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'PIXACO' with the ProgID of 'PIXACO.Browse.Upload' and the action verb 'open.
Internet Explorer Bar
  • iedvtool.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'Developer Tools' with a class of {1A6FE369-F28C-4AD9-A3E6-2BCB50807CF1}.
Internet Explorer Extension
  • iexplore.exe is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {8c5a024c-7a50-45d5-89ca-bbd0fb4cabfd}.
Scheduled Task
  • iexplore.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Opera scheduled Uninstall survey 1401778396' (Next runs on 01.01.0001 at 0:00).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • iexplore.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Internet Explorer (No Add-ons).
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • iexplore.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Internet Explorer' and executes as C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe.
  • hmmapi.dll is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Windows Live Hotmail' and executes as C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\hmmapi.dll.
Startup File (User Run Once)
  • iexplore.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'download_eSync27' which loads as iexplore.exe httC://core.ident.com/eSyncDownload.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • iexplore.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'IE' which loads as C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • iexplore.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe'.
  • ExtExport.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\ExtExport.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:107.31 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.1024412280%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.06779402%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.03464721%
0.015104% average
70 average
I/O reads/min:769.29 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:269.37 KB
105.02 KB average
Memory:2.83 MB
Total CPU:0.0548986155%
Kernel CPU:0.03131411%
User CPU:0.02358451%
Memory:1.78 MB
Total CPU:0.0012943082%
Kernel CPU:0.00061345%
User CPU:0.00068086%
CPU cycles/sec:13,948
I/O reads/min:19 Bytes

How do I remove Internet Explorer?

Quickly and completely remove Internet Explorer from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Internet Explorer from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Internet Explorer, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Internet Explorer.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Internet Explorer you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 52%
Win XP 4%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 76.00%
Windows XP 16.00%
Windows 10 8.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 29.17%
Windows 7 Professional 25.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 16.67%
Windows 7 Home Premium 16.67%
Windows 7 Starter 4.17%
Windows 8 Enterprise 4.17%

Distribution by countryGeography

41.94% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 41.94%
  DZ 6.45%
  MA 6.45%
  TN 6.45%
  Vietnam 6.45%
  Argentina 3.23%
  Belgium 3.23%
  Canada 3.23%
  Switzerland 3.23%
  Israel 3.23%
  India 3.23%
  Iran 3.23%
  Saudi Arabia 3.23%
  SY 3.23%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
ASUS 21.74%
Toshiba 17.39%
Hewlett-Packard 17.39%
Dell 13.04%
Acer 13.04%
Lenovo 4.35%
Compaq 4.35%
Common models
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LENOVO Lenovo H420 5.00%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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