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March 11, 2014 10:23:33 PM

I have a ASUS X43B series with a 64-bit Windows 7 running system


Why does Internet Explorer need two processes? by the way, I only have on tab open
As shown in the picture below,

C:\Users\Administrator\Pictures\Pictures\Capture.PNG
Internet Explorer (highlighted in yellow).
One of the Internet explorer uses 81828 kilobytes.
The other one uses 13432 kilobytes. Is that normal?

Also, with 'Host Process for Windows Services' the most memory taking one (circled in blue)
Uses 91 000 kilobytes on average. sometimes, it takes up to 400 000 kilobytes and sometimes
only 15000 kilobytes. Is there something wrong?
Also, there is 13 'Host process for windows services' is that wrong?
a b $ Windows 7
March 11, 2014 10:38:09 PM

That's probably not too unusual. I'm guessing one that manages all the others, and one for the tab.

You'll need to upload the image to someone like imgur.com.

400MB is a little on the high side, but if you've got Aero and some other stuff turned on it's not too hard to believe.
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March 11, 2014 10:40:11 PM

che0063 said:
I have a ASUS X43B series with a 64-bit Windows 7 running system


Why does Internet Explorer need two processes? by the way, I only have on tab open
As shown in the picture below,

C:\Users\Administrator\Pictures\Pictures\Capture.PNG
Internet Explorer (highlighted in yellow).
One of the Internet explorer uses 81828 kilobytes.
The other one uses 13432 kilobytes. Is that normal?

Also, with 'Host Process for Windows Services' the most memory taking one (circled in blue)
Uses 91 000 kilobytes on average. sometimes, it takes up to 400 000 kilobytes and sometimes
only 15000 kilobytes. Is there something wrong?
Also, there is 13 'Host process for windows services' is that wrong?


First, no one can see pictures you saved locally to your computer except for people at your computer.
Second, it's normal for internet explorer, leave it alone.
Third, stop messing around with these things if you don't know what they are or what they do, else the next thread you start will be, "help my PC doesn't work right anymore!!!
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March 11, 2014 11:12:38 PM

che0063 said:
I have a ASUS X43B series with a 64-bit Windows 7 running system


Why does Internet Explorer need two processes? by the way, I only have on tab open
As shown in the picture below,

C:\Users\Administrator\Pictures\Pictures\Capture.PNG
Internet Explorer (highlighted in yellow).
One of the Internet explorer uses 81828 kilobytes.
The other one uses 13432 kilobytes. Is that normal?

Also, with 'Host Process for Windows Services' the most memory taking one (circled in blue)
Uses 91 000 kilobytes on average. sometimes, it takes up to 400 000 kilobytes and sometimes
only 15000 kilobytes. Is there something wrong?
Also, there is 13 'Host process for windows services' is that wrong?


My experience (which could be entirely wrong) suggests that the two instances of iexplore you are seeing are a PROCESS and a JOB PROCESS. If were to using sysinternals process explorer and look over the properties of both, you would notice two things right away:

1- There is a heirarchy.
2- The nested (job process) has a [TAB] called JOB that the parent process does not have. Some applications will have JOB LIMITs. IE doesn't, so this may be a hold over from being a 32-bit app running on a 64-bit OS. That is a guess. This feature is typically used for things like RUNAS/SANBOXING/WIN32 memory management while emulated in 64-bit Windows. Googling around will dig up deeper answers.

I suggest you pull down the Systinternals suite and use it against processes you are unsure about, such as IE. It will not give you direct answers, but clues as to where to look for answers.

Same question on Google Chrome. I get 1-parent, and 8-job processes from that app.
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