iexplore.exe and firefox.exe leak memory in RDP sessions on Windows Server 2003
Posted on 2011-03-09
Server running Windows Server 2003 Standard, SP2, with Terminal Services installed in application mode. IE8 and Firefox installed. From the desktop of the server, IE8 and Firefox open and operate normally.
But if you open either IE8 or Firefox from inside a terminal services session, the pgm opens normally. IE8 opens 2 iexplore.exe processes. But if you watch the processes in task manager, the memory usage continues to climb, even though I am doing nothing within IE or Firefox.
So far, I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling IE8 and scanning with malwarebytes and with Vipre. Each has found 3-5 different infections and quarantined them, but the behavior continues. What I found interesting is that 2 different browsers exhibit the same behavior, but neither misbehaves when run on the server desktop. I have deleted a profile, then logged back in with the same account, allowed the system recreate the profile, but the problem persists.
Has anyone ever seen this before or can someone suggest a resolution?