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Schizophrenic browsers all of a sudden

Andy Spragg

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I just posted this to the Google Chrome forum but the issue, if there is one, goes beyond Chrome, and this is my favourite forum so I thought I'd ask here as well ...

Using WinXP PS3 with Avast, Online Armor, MBAM, and Trojanhunter. I have the latest stable version of Chrome. I can't find this "problem" mentioned anywhere in the FAQ etc ... when I launch Chrome, I have two or three (!) copies of chrome.exe listed in Windows task manager. When I first noticed the problem, it was three; when I tried just now, to see if it was reproducible, it was two. Whenever I've checked, since I noticed this weirdness few days ago, Firefox (my preferred browser) has only ever had one copy, as I would expect. But that's the only one that behaves as I expect, since I started checking. Tonight, IE had two copies of itself, and so did Safari (that I just installed tonight).

I say it's a problem because it seems pretty suspect to me. The actual browsers all seem to work fine. But what are the "shadow" copies doing? Should I suspect malware? Nothing shows up in my security software.


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Hi Andy,

I think that this is normal, IE does this too. I notice that when more than a couple tabs are open in IE, there are multiple IE processes in the Task manager, same thing happens with Chrome. Is this happening when you have more than two tabs open at a time in Chrome?

I think that this is because each tab functions as its own process so if one freezes up on you, you don't lose them all.

Hopefully someone who knows for sure (I am about 99.9% sure) can verify this for you ;)

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I see the logic, but multiple exes sharing a common UI just seems wrong to me ...

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