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a virus it is, some kind of a spyware. See for example:

There are different spyware and trojan codes that mimick the iexplore process.

I suggest downloading a free antivirus scanner like DrWeb CureIt:
And scanning your system repeatedly.

For those with svchost.exe, it is infected, too. I don't remember what
kind of virus it is (looks like Kido/Conficker) but you should get rid
of it. It usually comes on flash drives or via local network. It is
able to use your computer as a zombie to attack servers via the
The Kido pandemic is a current nightmare:

If it is a home PC, I'd simply reformat the HDD and reinstall the OS
if I were you.
The mentioned utility can clean up your hard drive but some of these
viruses irreversibly corrupt the system registry (unless you have a PC
geek friend handy to repair it).

Regards, Alex.

On Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 3:13 AM,  <jrgrill(--nospam--at)> wrote:
> I had pretty similar experience today. IE was locking up on a regular basis.
> I received an error message concerning problems with Adobe Flash. Iwent to
> Adobe website and uninstalled then reinstalled a newer version of Flash per
> their instructions. I then talked to IT with my internet provider who had me
> do what Thor suggested, sort of. Went to IE Tools/Options/Advanced then
> "Reset". I lost some ad ons, but not "Favorites". Seems to be fine now. IE
> was locking up for some time before I got the message about Flash. I did
> reinstall Flash before the reset so I can't say if Flash was involved or
> not.
> Joe Grill
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
> ________________________________
> From: "Thor Tandy"
> Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2009 16:36:24 -0800
> To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
> Subject: RE: IT question
> Thank you.  I'll give it a whirl later tonight.
> Thor
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Yi Yang [mailto:YI(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Monday, March 02, 2009 4:29 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: RE: IT question
> Thor,
> A few things you can try.
> 1.  Disable Add-Ons in IE.  (Tools --> Manage Add-ons).
> 2.  If you are using Word for email editor, try to disable that.  (Tools  ->
> Options  --> Mail Format)
> 3.  Start Outlook in safe mode, see if you experience the same problem.
> (Start  -->  Run --> "outlook / safe", or hold down the Ctrl key while you
> start Outlook).
> If the safe mode solves the problem, while you are in safe mode, go
> to"Help", "About", and click on "Disabled Items", and hopefully that will
> help you to narrow down the suspects.
> If all these don't work, you can try to run "Hijackthis" from Trend Micro,
> while you have IE and Outlook running.  You should be able find some
> resources online to help you deciphering the log.
> Good luck.
> ________________________________
> From: Thor Tandy [mailto:vicpeng(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Monday, March 02, 2009 2:15 PM
> Subject: IT question
> This is not structural,however, I have a weird computer problem that eludes
> resolution.
> During a recent webcast I found that I kept losing internet connectivity.  I
> blamed the webcaster and then Norton but that was not the case.
> 1)  When I am in Outlook my CPU usage climbs to 65%+.  It often peaks to
> 100% at which time it gags.  Problem only exists when using Outlook and/or
> IExplorer.
> 2)  When I go online, browsing etc it climbs to 30%+ but often not high at
> all.
> 3)  FTP/data/download transfers not significantly high unless I move about
> the browser.
> 4)  Problem slows my keystrokes and everything so I can't keep the email
> on.  Even as I type now the usage is at 70% ...
> Does anyone have insight into what is happening in Outlook and/or IExplorer
> to cause this?  I blamed Norton because I don't have this problem on other
> machines I have that don't have Norton but I uninstalled Norton and the
> symptom persisted.
> I am thinking of doing a re-build ... but I don't have the time at the
> moment for that.
> Thanks
> Thor A. Tandy P.Eng, C.Eng, Struct.Eng, MIStructE
> Victoria, BC
> Canada

Alexander Bausk
CAD manager, Structural engineer at
Nuclear Engineering&Research Lab
Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

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