The iexplore.exe process is the primary process for running Internet Explorer. When Microsoft Windows is installed, a number of other applications are installed by default. Internet Explorer is the default browser on a Microsoft Windows computer. Users can modify the settings of Internet Explorer to reduce risks when visiting websites.
Application: Internet Explorer
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Possible causes of Iexplore.exe errorsThese errors are frequently caused by conflicts with the file or installation profile, misuse of the file or respective directories, or a malicious attack on the system.
- When a file or directory is misused or damaged, the application as a whole may be unable to load.
Is Iexplore.exe a dangerous file (virus, malware, spyware)?In most cases, the file is considered to be safe. However, files do become corrupt at times and some malicious files are disguised to represent known, secure system files. When that happens, they can be very difficult to detect and remove, but using a comprehensive system scan usually detects them and allows you to safely remove them.
Known Iexplore.exe error messages
- File not found: Iexplore.exe
- Cannot find file: Iexplore.exe
- Device not recognized missing Iexplore.exe file
Should I stop the Iexplore.exe task or process within the Task Manager?Unless you have experience managing the processes and tasks on your machine, it is best to allow a system scanner or registry scanner to handle those tasks. Many of the tasks are required for performing specific operations on your machine and removing them may cause your program or entire computer to malfunction or reboot.
Should I download a new copy of the Iexplore.exe file?The only time you should ever download a new version of a system file is when it comes through an application update or from the publisher directly. Be very cautious when downloading system files from third-party websites as they may contain additional software that you would install without knowing. This could cause an even larger issue than the error you are getting from this file!
Best way to fix Iexplore.exe errorsWhen these errors occur, verify if any new hardware or software has been added. If so, simply removing the new hardware or software may resolve the issue. If not, follow the steps below.
More information about Iexplore.exe
Even though this application is installed on a Microsoft Windows machine, it is not required unless you use Internet Explorer as your browser. A variety of users tend to prefer other Internet browsers for searching. Examples of other common browsers include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari, and more. If your primary browser is Internet Explorer, errors with this process can prevent you from accessing the Internet using that browser.
When experiencing errors with this process, some users prefer to uninstall Internet Explorer completely. While this may be a short-term solution, Windows Updates tend to download and install new versions of the IE browser. Plus, if you get errors with this process, other files may be impacted as well. One file you can also see errors with is called setup.exe.