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Why does internet explorer use memory even though I don't use it?

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ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist
EVERY time I run CCleaner, IE has a GIANT chunk of memory it's used up, even though FF is set as my default browser, and so, everything opens in FF.
:confused: I tried google, but it didn't seem to know why this was either.
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MazerRackham Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
I actually removed the Internet Explorer exe from my filesystem without incident. You can't have windows running when you do it. I have two operating systems on my computer, so I booted into linux, mounted my windows partition, and removed the executable. I have not had any problems.
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delusionalHamster Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's because internet exploder sucks donkey dick.
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etoilesminuit Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Well, it's not only IE. It's every web browser. That's just what they do. After a while of leaving your browser open, it's starts to use more memory. Just close it and open it again and it should be fine. But it is relatively normal though.
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delusionalHamster Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think he's talking about it using memory even when it isn't "open". No, other browsers don't do that.
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etoilesminuit Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Oh well when they're open, yea, pretty much all of them do. Just look at the task manager when you have a browser open. But I suppose when it's closed, idk what the problem could be.
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delusionalHamster Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Browsers use memory when you have lots of webpages open. The memory size shouldn't increase for no reason.

Some versions of firefox have memory leaks, this has notoriously been a problem with some versions of firefox... most of those seem to be fixed in the latest version though.
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etoilesminuit Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Eh I can have only one or two tabs open and the memory be high, but I do see how more windows/tabs open would increase memory (I have a friend who insists on having 100+ tabs open so he can keep the music he's too lazy to download open. Crazy!)
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PR-Imagery Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What do you mean by memory?
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Lytrigian Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Um. No. What ~NarcisistWaffle said, anyway. Firefox has its own cache and temp storage; it doesn't use IE's directory structure. Nor is IE the "general thing you need for your internet". That would be something called a TCP/IP stack, which on Windows is defined as part of the "Winsock API". While it's true that IE must call Winsock, Winsock is not part of IE. Any networking you do whatsoever, even on your LAN, must use Winsock.

I assume that what you mean by "memory" is really disk space. If so, then chances are, it comes from running Windows Update, which uses IE whether you want it to or not. Other Windows software that needs to render HTML might also use IE's libraries behind the scenes, and that could account for some of it too.
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ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist
oh. Well, that's probably it then ^-^ Thanks for the info!
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