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.

File name: Iexplore.exe
Application: Internet Explorer
Publisher: Microsoft
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Possible causes of Iexplore.exe errors

These 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 conflicts arise on the profile or with the file, the application may be unable to transmit data between the necessary files.
  • When a file or directory is misused or damaged, the application as a whole may be unable to load.
  • Malicious attacks or infections on the system may render the entire system frozen or unable to perform any necessary computing functions.
Regardless of the cause, determining the best solution should be the first action step when noticing any system-related computer errors.

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

Iexplore.exe error

Common error messages users may see include:

  • File not found: Iexplore.exe
  • Cannot find file: Iexplore.exe
  • Device not recognized missing Iexplore.exe file
As the file is associated with USB connections to the computer, a keyboard, mouse, or other piece of hardware connected to the machine through a USB cable may be causing the error or may be unable to function properly due to the error.

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!
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Best way to fix Iexplore.exe errors

When 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.

  1. Scan for any driver updates for new equipment. If new equipment or programs have been loaded, they may require updated drivers. Download new, secure drivers and perform a clean system restart.
  2. Download and install updates for the operating system. Regardless of the operating system version you are using, it is always considered good practice to install the latest security updates.
  3. Use anti-virus and anti-malware applications. Most virus scanners will protect your machine from basic threats. To increase your protection, use a malware scanner as well.
If the above steps fail to resolve the issue, it may be due to outdated hardware or software.

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.