When all of a sudden your computer becomes slow and starts behaving in a strange way, the first thing you do is check the Windows Task Manager. You press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC on your keyboard and then go to the processes tab to review running processes. But everything seems to be in order – svchost.exe, explorer.exe, iexplorer.exe… You may not realize, but one of them is a virus. That’s iexplorer.exe. This file is not Internet Explorer, which runs the process iexplore.exe. So, if you see iexplorer.exe running on your system, you should stop it immediately and do everything you can to remove the virus from your computer. Here is how you can do it.
The first thing you should do before you start the virus removal process is back up your important files. Don’t back up the whole system because you will back up the virus as well. When the backup is complete, update your antivirus software and run a full scan. Delete everything your antivirus finds and reboot your computer. Check the Task Manager to see if iexplorer.exe is gone. If it is, then your antivirus did the job.
However, sometimes antivirus software doesn’t detect the iexplorer.exe file. If that’s the case, you’ll need to remove the virus yourself. Here is how:
1. Open the Task Manager (press Ctrl+Shift+Esc), then click File – New Task (Run)
2. Type regedit in the Run box and press Enter
3. Browse to this registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution.options
4. If you see explorer.exe and iexplorer.exe under this key, delete them because they should not be there and contain a virus
5. Close Registry Editor and restart your computer
This should remove the iexplorer.exe virus from your system. But if you want to make sure that your computer is absolutely virus-free, scan it with a good quality registry cleaner. It should remove all traces of malware from your system.