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IE Explorer and Task Manager

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Joe D, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. Joe D

    Joe D Flightless Bird

    Currently I am having an issue when running IE8, in the task manager under
    processes there are 2 instances of IE showing. One is almost double to triple
    the amount of memory usage. If I end process on the lesser one it shuts down
    IE, however if I end process on the larger one it just reappears slightly
    less memory usage then before and the browser just resets itself. Any ideas
    on what could be causing this.
     
  2. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    See http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2008/07/28/ie8-and-reliability.aspx

    Joe D wrote:
    > Currently I am having an issue when running IE8, in the task manager under
    > processes there are 2 instances of IE showing. One is almost double to
    > triple the amount of memory usage. If I end process on the lesser one it
    > shuts down IE, however if I end process on the larger one it just
    > reappears
    > slightly less memory usage then before and the browser just resets itself.
    > Any ideas on what could be causing this.
     
  3. Dan

    Dan Flightless Bird

    "Joe D" <Joe D@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:E283D2E3-365E-461B-BB5D-AA6594F805FD@microsoft.com...
    > Currently I am having an issue when running IE8, in the task manager under
    > processes there are 2 instances of IE showing. One is almost double to
    > triple
    > the amount of memory usage. If I end process on the lesser one it shuts
    > down
    > IE, however if I end process on the larger one it just reappears slightly
    > less memory usage then before and the browser just resets itself. Any
    > ideas
    > on what could be causing this.


    As well as checking the link PA Bear posted, here's the quick answer - the
    one using more memory is the IE tab/window you can see, so killing that
    process causes the other iexplore process (which is the one that controls
    all the instances) to create a new one and reload what was in it, hence you
    see a "reset". Killing the other one terminates them both because you've
    just killed the parent process. Don't kill IE processes unless you
    absolutely have no choice!!!!

    --
    Dan
     

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