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How to detect what/who is launching Iexplore.exe (Internet explorer 9) ?

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I am running Windows 7 pro on my T400 (Lenovo) Laptop.  The default browser is Chrome and I have Internet explorer 9 installed on the machine as well.
In the end of the day I usually  find out in Process explorer that there several instances of Iexplore.exe with no visible GUI.
Is there a way I can find out what/who launches iexplore.exe ?  I assume that there are some applications that I use that probably use Iexplore for their purpose, but I want to know which application is doing that  because it seems that they are not closing those instances…
I can install any application needed for that task,
Thanks in advance,
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I have process explorer, so how can I use it to find which application launch Iexplore?

Thanks in advance,
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From what you describe and your follow up comment it sounds like the parent application is terminating and you are left with the orphaned iexplore.exe processes.

I would run Process Monitor for a while, then once at least one of these processes has been captured you can use the following filter

Operation equals "Process Create"
Path contains "notepad.exe"

You can also use "Tools > Process" tree to see a tree like Process Explorer, but based on the historical trace data you have in Process Monitor.

A lot of data could be captured, so when you begin the trace you might want to run through all the apps you'd use in a day (keeping in mind it might not be triggered by an interactive application - so this may not help).

Also, process explorer tells you when the exe was started on the image tab - if you keep some notes of which applications you start during the day, you may be able to make some initial correlations without the overhead of process monitor and then specifically run process monitor against a usage of that application (be sure to kill existing iexplore.exe processes in case it can reuse existing ones).
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