2 processes of iexplore.exe in my task manager

By dubelj
Nov 24, 2010
  1. hi im having a problem with iexplore.exe showing up twice in my task manager even though i only have one window (and one tab) open. it uses double the memory because well its double the processes and that dosent settle well with me. i reused the title of this thread from an earlier poster. i would have brought it up on his thread but it was locked because it was solved i think. but yeah i took all the steps on that thread to try to solve my problem but all the folders, processes mentioned in that thread were not present on my computer. i have a highjackthis log attached so hopefully someone can figure out what is happening here.

    also a http://www.qooqlle.com seems to have taken over as my homepage. mabey this has something to do with it? i have done virusscans with microsoft security essentials and it has picked up a virus that came back a few times even after deleting (i just did a scan and it seems to be gone now). i have used cccleaner to clean the registry and spybot search and destroy all numerous times to try to rid my machine of the qooqlle homepage problem but after restarting the computer and opening ie its back! i think it also messes up my bittorrent exe cause on startup it does start up according to my task manager but it is not in my tray and it does not open when i click on the icon to open. i have to close in task manager and restart it with the icon and it seems to be fine after that.i dont know if these problems are connected but i have a feeling they are because they all started around the same time.

    and now in task manager these show up as
    iexplore.exe *32
    bittorrent.exe *32
    and theres another one
    conime.exe *32

    i dont remember if they are supposed to show up with the asterisk32 or not and if thats ok then disregard my last

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  2. dubelj

    dubelj TS Rookie Topic Starter

    also forgot to mention. its not always just 2 iexplore.exe that show in task manager sometimes its 3 and i just checked now and it was 4 (equaling +- 200 000k of memory altogether) even though only one window/one tab was open
  3. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,262   +383

    Welcome aboard [​IMG]

    This is normal with IE8.
    It'll open TWO iexplore.exe processes from the get go.
    Each new tab will open another process.


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