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Should I remove Windows Internet Explorer 8?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #246
United States Rank #378
Reach 2.3369%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 25.36 days
748.05 days >
Average installed length: 393.04 days


20090521.203504 0.00%
20090411.134454 0.57%
20090308.140744 0.36%
20090308.140743 99.07%

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Windows Internet Explorer 8

What is Windows Internet Explorer 8?

Windows IE8 (Internet Explorer 8) is a web browser from Microsoft. IE8 contains many new features, including WebSlices and Accelerators (Accelerators are a form of selection-based search which allow a user to invoke an online service from any other page using only the mouse). The address bar features domain highlighting for added security so that the top-level domain is shown in black whereas the other parts of the URL are grayed out. If a website or add-on causes a tab to crash in Internet Explorer 8, only that tab is affected. The browser itself remains stable and other tabs remain unaffected, thereby minimizing any disruption to the browsing experience. For developers, Internet Explorer 8 includes tools that allow debugging HTML, CSS, JavaScript and VBScript within the browser.

About  (from Microsoft)

Internet Explorer 8 is the latest version of the familiar web browser you are most comfortable using, helping you get everything you want from the web faster, easier, more privately and securely than ever before. Faster Internet Explorer 8 is more responsive with new pages and tabs, opening up fast and reliably. You ca...  Read more
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Loads into the web browser

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.microsoft.com/ie
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\internet explorer
Uninstaller: "C:\WINDOWS\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe"
Estimated size: 5.62 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Internet Explorer 8

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:
  • unicows.dll - Microsoft (R) Windows (R) 95, Windows (R) 98, and Windows (R) Millennium Operating Systems (Microsoft Layer for Unicode on Win9x Systems (MSLU))
  • IE4.DLL - Microsoft(R) Windows (R) 2000 Operating System (Microsoft® IE4 Setup Custom Actions Library)
  • welcome.exe - Microsoft(R) Windows NT(R) Operating System (Welcome to Internet Explorer 4.0)
  • D3DCompiler_47.dll - Direct3D HLSL Compiler for Redistribution
  • perf_nt.dll - Microsoft® Windows® Performance Analyzer (Performance Analyzer AddIn: NT)
  • perfcore.dll - Performance Analyzer Analysis Core
  • 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
  • DW15.EXE - Microsoft Application Error Reporting
  • iessetup.dll - Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
  • ieinstal.exe - Internet Explorer Add-on Installer
  • hmmapi.dll - Microsoft HTTP Mail Simple MAPI
  • iedetect.dll - Internet Explorer Detection
  • 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
  • iedvtool.dll - Internet Explorer Developer Tools
  • iedw.exe - IE Crash Detection
  • ielowutil.exe - Internet Low-Mic Utility Tool
  • ieproxy.dll - IE ActiveX Interface Marshaling Library
  • jsdbgui.dll - Script Debugger
  • jsdebuggeride.dll - JScript Debugger IDE
  • JSProfilerCore.dll - IE Dev Toolbar JScript Profiler
  • jsprofilerui.dll - Script Profiler
  • networkinspection.dll - Network Inspection
  • xpshims.dll - Internet Explorer Compatibility Shims for XP
  • IE8-WindowsXP-x86-ENU.exe - Self-Extracting Cabinet
  • ie6setup.exe - Internet Explorer 6 (Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor)
  • DiagnosticsHub.DataWarehouse.dll - Internet Explorer (Microsoft (R) Diagnostics Hub DataWarehouse)
  • DiagnosticsHub_is.dll - Diagnostics Hub InfoSources
  • DiagnosticsTap.dll - F12 Developer Tools Diagnostics TAP
  • iediagcmd.exe - Diagnostics utility for Internet Explorer
  • ieuser.exe
  • Timeline.dll - UI Responsiveness Extension
  • Timeline_is.dll - VisualProfiler InfoSources
  • sqmapi.dll - SQM Client
  • custsat.dll - custsat

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:1.69 MB
Total CPU:0.0072063524%
Kernel CPU:0.00470205%
User CPU:0.00250431%
CPU cycles/sec:26,893
I/O reads/min:324 Bytes
I/O writes/min:972 Bytes
Memory:3.72 MB
Total CPU:0.1369343210%
Kernel CPU:0.11136225%
User CPU:0.02557207%
I/O reads/min:10.63 KB
I/O writes/min:228 Bytes

How do I remove Windows Internet Explorer 8?

You can uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 8 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Windows Internet Explorer 8, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 Windows Internet Explorer 8.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Windows Internet Explorer 8 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win XP 95%
Win Server 2003 0%
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 XP 98.26%
Windows 7 0.83%
Windows Server 2003 0.70%
Windows Vista 0.14%
Windows 10 0.07%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 98.59%
Windows 7 Home Premium 0.40%
Windows 7 Professional 0.26%
Microsoft Windows Server ... 0.24%
Microsoft Windows Server ... 0.14%
Windows 7 Ultimate 0.08%

Distribution by countryGeography

37.68% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 37.68%
  Germany 7.44%
  Italy 4.22%
  France 3.76%
  United Kingdom 3.73%
  Brazil 3.42%
  Canada 3.16%
  Spain 2.23%
  Taiwan 2.20%
  Israel 1.86%
  India 1.76%
  Australia 1.65%
  Poland 1.47%
  Iran 1.44%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 32.93%
Intel 13.22%
American Megatrends 13.16%
Hewlett-Packard 8.11%
Sahara 7.68%
Acer 4.23%
ASUS 1.75%
Toshiba 1.11%
Samsung 0.79%
NEC 0.74%
Compaq 0.70%
Common models
Dell OptiPlex GX620 ... 3.60%
Dell OptiPlex 745 ... 3.13%
Gigabyte G31M-ES2L 2.45%

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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