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Process lives on

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by JMF, May 27, 2010.

  1. JMF

    JMF Flightless Bird

    XP Pro on a Toshiba laptop. Internet Explorer Version 8.

    I was having a lot of trouble with the computer. It would freeze up, the
    quick launch bar wouldn't work, it would take something like 15 minutes
    to shut down.

    Looking at the processes, I suddenly noticed that the iexplore process
    was running when the browser had been closed and was no longer running.
    In fact, it was even there multiple times at least once.

    When I stopped the iexplore process, suddenly the computer started
    acting normal again.

    So it seems that after opening Iexplorer and then eventually closing it,
    the process stayed alive and wreaked mischief.

    Any insights into what might be going on here? What might make the
    iexplore process stay alive even after I have closed the browser?

    Thanks,

    John
     
  2. Leonard Grey

    Leonard Grey Flightless Bird

    Any chance your computer could be infected?
    ---
    Leonard Grey
    Errare humanum est

    JMF wrote:
    > XP Pro on a Toshiba laptop. Internet Explorer Version 8.
    >
    > I was having a lot of trouble with the computer. It would freeze up, the
    > quick launch bar wouldn't work, it would take something like 15 minutes
    > to shut down.
    >
    > Looking at the processes, I suddenly noticed that the iexplore process
    > was running when the browser had been closed and was no longer running.
    > In fact, it was even there multiple times at least once.
    >
    > When I stopped the iexplore process, suddenly the computer started
    > acting normal again.
    >
    > So it seems that after opening Iexplorer and then eventually closing it,
    > the process stayed alive and wreaked mischief.
    >
    > Any insights into what might be going on here? What might make the
    > iexplore process stay alive even after I have closed the browser?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > John
     
  3. JMF

    JMF Flightless Bird

    I thought that might be the case and so I did a full scan with Windows
    Defender and AVG antivirus overnight. They didn't find anything .. which
    of course isn't an absolute guarantee.

    But you're right, I was looking at some old threads on this, and people
    talked about infections. I'll keep monitoring the situation.

    Thanks,

    John


    Leonard Grey wrote:
    > Any chance your computer could be infected?
    > ---
    > Leonard Grey
    > Errare humanum est
    >
    > JMF wrote:
    >> XP Pro on a Toshiba laptop. Internet Explorer Version 8.
    >>
    >> I was having a lot of trouble with the computer. It would freeze up,
    >> the quick launch bar wouldn't work, it would take something like 15
    >> minutes to shut down.
    >>
    >> Looking at the processes, I suddenly noticed that the iexplore process
    >> was running when the browser had been closed and was no longer
    >> running. In fact, it was even there multiple times at least once.
    >>
    >> When I stopped the iexplore process, suddenly the computer started
    >> acting normal again.
    >>
    >> So it seems that after opening Iexplorer and then eventually closing
    >> it, the process stayed alive and wreaked mischief.
    >>
    >> Any insights into what might be going on here? What might make the
    >> iexplore process stay alive even after I have closed the browser?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >>
    >> John
     
  4. Dan

    Dan Flightless Bird

    "JMF" <john@favaro.net> wrote in message
    news:e51z5Ne$KHA.5560@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > XP Pro on a Toshiba laptop. Internet Explorer Version 8.
    >
    > I was having a lot of trouble with the computer. It would freeze up, the
    > quick launch bar wouldn't work, it would take something like 15 minutes to
    > shut down.
    >
    > Looking at the processes, I suddenly noticed that the iexplore process was
    > running when the browser had been closed and was no longer running. In
    > fact, it was even there multiple times at least once.
    >
    > When I stopped the iexplore process, suddenly the computer started acting
    > normal again.
    >
    > So it seems that after opening Iexplorer and then eventually closing it,
    > the process stayed alive and wreaked mischief.
    >
    > Any insights into what might be going on here? What might make the
    > iexplore process stay alive even after I have closed the browser?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > John


    Try it with no add-ons, if it works ok then you've got an add-on that isn't
    closing down when requested. Disable them all, enable each one in turn until
    you track down the culprit.

    --
    Dan
     
  5. JMF

    JMF Flightless Bird

    Dan wrote:
    >
    > "JMF" <john@favaro.net> wrote in message
    > news:e51z5Ne$KHA.5560@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> XP Pro on a Toshiba laptop. Internet Explorer Version 8.
    >>
    >> I was having a lot of trouble with the computer. It would freeze up,
    >> the quick launch bar wouldn't work, it would take something like 15
    >> minutes to shut down.
    >>
    >> Looking at the processes, I suddenly noticed that the iexplore process
    >> was running when the browser had been closed and was no longer
    >> running. In fact, it was even there multiple times at least once.
    >>
    >> When I stopped the iexplore process, suddenly the computer started
    >> acting normal again.
    >>
    >> So it seems that after opening Iexplorer and then eventually closing
    >> it, the process stayed alive and wreaked mischief.
    >>
    >> Any insights into what might be going on here? What might make the
    >> iexplore process stay alive even after I have closed the browser?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >>
    >> John

    >
    > Try it with no add-ons, if it works ok then you've got an add-on that
    > isn't closing down when requested. Disable them all, enable each one in
    > turn until you track down the culprit.



    !!!! Absolutely right!!

    Actually, I have only just disabled all the add-ons (there were/are a
    lot of them), and indeed IE works just fine now - and it's fast, too.

    So yes indeed, somewhere in all of those add-ons is the culprit! I'll
    slowly but surely work my way through them to figure out which one it
    might have been. I did install a couple (like ZoneAlarm and AVG add-ons)
    recently so it wouldn't surprise me if it was one of those.

    Thanks!

    John
     
  6. bobster

    bobster Flightless Bird

    Dan,

    If Zone Alarm and/or AVG is the culprit you might want to consider
    uninstalling both of them and replacing them with free Microsoft Security
    essentials and the Microsoft Firewall. I used AVAST! and Zone Alarm for
    several years, then went to MSE and the MS firewall and have had no
    problems -- and my computer seems quite happy with their small footprint.

    ==========================================================

    "JMF" <john@favaro.net> wrote in message
    news:euKYWjl$KHA.5168@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...


    Dan wrote:
    >
    > "JMF" <john@favaro.net> wrote in message
    > news:e51z5Ne$KHA.5560@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> XP Pro on a Toshiba laptop. Internet Explorer Version 8.
    >>
    >> I was having a lot of trouble with the computer. It would freeze up,
    >> the quick launch bar wouldn't work, it would take something like 15
    >> minutes to shut down.
    >>
    >> Looking at the processes, I suddenly noticed that the iexplore process
    >> was running when the browser had been closed and was no longer
    >> running. In fact, it was even there multiple times at least once.
    >>
    >> When I stopped the iexplore process, suddenly the computer started
    >> acting normal again.
    >>
    >> So it seems that after opening Iexplorer and then eventually closing
    >> it, the process stayed alive and wreaked mischief.
    >>
    >> Any insights into what might be going on here? What might make the
    >> iexplore process stay alive even after I have closed the browser?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >>
    >> John

    >
    > Try it with no add-ons, if it works ok then you've got an add-on that
    > isn't closing down when requested. Disable them all, enable each one in
    > turn until you track down the culprit.



    !!!! Absolutely right!!

    Actually, I have only just disabled all the add-ons (there were/are a
    lot of them), and indeed IE works just fine now - and it's fast, too.

    So yes indeed, somewhere in all of those add-ons is the culprit! I'll
    slowly but surely work my way through them to figure out which one it
    might have been. I did install a couple (like ZoneAlarm and AVG add-ons)
    recently so it wouldn't surprise me if it was one of those.

    Thanks!

    John
     
  7. JMF

    JMF Flightless Bird

    Thanks, I'll seriously consider this. I especially like the idea of a
    small footprint!

    bobster wrote:
    > Dan,
    >
    > If Zone Alarm and/or AVG is the culprit you might want to consider
    > uninstalling both of them and replacing them with free Microsoft Security
    > essentials and the Microsoft Firewall. I used AVAST! and Zone Alarm for
    > several years, then went to MSE and the MS firewall and have had no
    > problems -- and my computer seems quite happy with their small footprint.
    >
    > ==========================================================
    >
    > "JMF" <john@favaro.net> wrote in message
    > news:euKYWjl$KHA.5168@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >
    >
    > Dan wrote:
    >> "JMF" <john@favaro.net> wrote in message
    >> news:e51z5Ne$KHA.5560@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >>> XP Pro on a Toshiba laptop. Internet Explorer Version 8.
    >>>
    >>> I was having a lot of trouble with the computer. It would freeze up,
    >>> the quick launch bar wouldn't work, it would take something like 15
    >>> minutes to shut down.
    >>>
    >>> Looking at the processes, I suddenly noticed that the iexplore process
    >>> was running when the browser had been closed and was no longer
    >>> running. In fact, it was even there multiple times at least once.
    >>>
    >>> When I stopped the iexplore process, suddenly the computer started
    >>> acting normal again.
    >>>
    >>> So it seems that after opening Iexplorer and then eventually closing
    >>> it, the process stayed alive and wreaked mischief.
    >>>
    >>> Any insights into what might be going on here? What might make the
    >>> iexplore process stay alive even after I have closed the browser?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks,
    >>>
    >>> John

    >> Try it with no add-ons, if it works ok then you've got an add-on that
    >> isn't closing down when requested. Disable them all, enable each one in
    >> turn until you track down the culprit.

    >
    >
    > !!!! Absolutely right!!
    >
    > Actually, I have only just disabled all the add-ons (there were/are a
    > lot of them), and indeed IE works just fine now - and it's fast, too.
    >
    > So yes indeed, somewhere in all of those add-ons is the culprit! I'll
    > slowly but surely work my way through them to figure out which one it
    > might have been. I did install a couple (like ZoneAlarm and AVG add-ons)
    > recently so it wouldn't surprise me if it was one of those.
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > John
    >
    >
     

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