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STEVEN FUSCO asked on February 19, 2013. Status: Answered & Closed.

Multiple Explorer.exe Causing High Usage Of Memory

» Different explorer.exe processes are using cpu resources at different times. I remember reading a while back that this could be a sign of a virus, but I've done a full scan with NIS 2010 and nothing showed up. Can anyone give me pointers where to start investigating?

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SUE BATES replied on February 25, 2013

All Answers:

  1. MARK ATKINSON replied on February 19, 2013: » The multiple explorer.exe which are visible in your taskbar manager. It is not a sign of virus. There are programs which are running in the background, once you close any program it disappears by default.

    Difference between explorer exe and iexplorer.exe:

    The explorer frame is capable of browsing the file system (My Computer, c:\, etc) as well as the Internet. iexplore.exe starts Internet Explorer, which is the explorer frame browsing the Internet, with all the correct buttons and other UI elements. explore.exe starts the shell the first time it is run. If you run explorer.exe again, by doing something like Start->Run->explorer.exe->OK, it launches a file system view with all the corresponding buttons and widgets.

  2. STEVEN FUSCO replied on February 19, 2013: » Since I upgraded to win7 64-bit to get away from Vista and its memory leaks and waste, I'm not too happy. Can you make a more specific suggestion, or else escalate please?

  3. TERI KMIEC replied on February 20, 2013: » Seeing as you have the same setup on another machine and that works as you wanted, let’s make sure you have Win7 drivers for all your hardware. Also as a troubleshooting step put the system in a Clean Boot state and see if you continue that have that issue. If you don’t, re-enable some of the programs a couple at a time and see if there is a certain application that is causing this behavior.

  4. ANTHONY HARTE replied on February 22, 2013: » Once closed the "explorer.exe" process wont close, but it will change memory consumption down aprox. 1 mb.

    Also I suspected it to be a virus or malware, but computer has been scanned using Microsoft Security Essentials and it showed perfectly clean. Running Windows 7 Ultimate x32.

    The same behavior is not seen when windows explorer is opened manually. No aditional explorer.exe processer are shown in taskmanager.

    Seems its a bug with certain softwares and the way they interact with WPF, or something.

  5. IRWIN STONE replied on February 24, 2013: » After playing around a bit, I found the situation on my computer was caused by the shortcut I used to open explorer at the location I want (rather than the default). Some of the instances created by this shortcut went away, some did not. The some-did-not piled up after a while.

    The shortcut (in a toolbar on the taskbar) that caused this: Target: C:\Windows\explorer.exe /n,/e,e:\hold2\ - have used that for many years

    My new shortcut: Target: E:\Hold2 - opens explorer where I want and does not result in a new instance of explorer.exe

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