A friend of mine who is more tech-savvy than me was recently working on my computer and noticed that Internet Explorer always shows up in my running processes menu even when I'm not using it. He even tried uninstalling the program completely, but it still continues to show up in my processes. This is puzzling to me since, even though I have had a number of malware and virus infections in the past, my computer has not been showing any signs of distress recently. I've also run several full scans with my virus protection and Malwarebytes and while they did detect a few problem items and removed them, Explorer continues to run. However, it does seem extremely odd, and my friend says that he thinks it's likely "evil ****" but isn't sure what to do about it. Our suspicions were further reinforced when I recently tried to transfer some files to a friend of mine using an external drive that is usually hooked up to my machine, and he got a nasty malware infection which seemed to use Internet Explorer as a base to attack from. I'm not 100% certain he got the infection from my drive but there's a good chance, and if that's the case, there may be something lurking on my machine that my security isn't picking up. Does anyone have any idea what this might be and what to do about it?