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2 IEs in Task Manager

By kk2264
Feb 1, 2009
  1. I am working on a system that has XP Media Center Edition on it. (I personally hate media center edition because of the overhead it creates but that is besides the point).

    Anyhow it is a P4 3GHz with 512MB ram and even after turning off as much of the media center additional services it still hovers around 450MB +/- just starting up. It has avast! anti-virus, Kodak smartstart, and HP printing services running in the system tray at boot but these items do not waste that much resources.

    I did however notice something odd in task manager, there are 2 instances of iexplore.exe running and 1 uses anywhere from 1-2MB while the other tops out around 60MB +/-. I can find no reason for these to be running and after trying to kill the processes they just reappear. I have talked them into not using IE for anything and to use firefox instead and it is set as the default browser. But every once in a while an IE popup window will display with different websites and ads.

    I know it might be virus or spyware related but avast! scanned on boot and found some items and moved them to the chest and I ran superantispyware andit scanned clean, I ran these numerous times and they scan clean.

    And Yes I turned off system restore before doing anything so it is not related to a restore point anywhere.

    If anyone has any information on what might be causing this I would greatly appreciate it, If you have any utilities that I might need be include them in your reply as well. Free utilities are always preferred but if I must purchase something I will.

    Thank you for reading this long drawn out post :)
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Actually these two startups normally do create lots of wasted resource
    As a test I'd say turn them off temporarily. Here is an excellent tool for doing that: Startup Control Panel (you just untick the entry, then restart)

    I'd like to hear feedback on this once done. ie this may take 5 to 10 mins to complete
    But realistically you need to go through this thread in full:
    UPDATED 8-step Viruses/Spyware/Malware Preliminary Removal Instructions
  3. kk2264

    kk2264 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you kimsland, I know the HP and Kodak tray icons/services use and waste space, I was just stating they do not use that much compared to the IE resources I listed. I will try turning these off though when my customer gives me their PC back to install memory and continue tweaking. I D/L the utilities you mentioned that I did not already try and will keep you apprised of what I find out once I work on the system again.

    Thank you for your response and for doing so very quickly
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