|Hey guys and gals,|
I "think" I may understand what is happening. I got tired of looking at posts last night regarding why "Windows Explorer wants internet access." I don't think it really wants access...I think that Windows Explorer is needed to launch certain applications, like browsers. Like the tabs at the top of your browser you use...I think explorer.exe is needed for these functions. Zone Alarm is just alerting us to one program that is using another program needed to access the internet. I don't think it is needed for internet access, though, but you use it "while" you're on the internet. You can type a URL in the Windows Explorer address bar and get to a web page...DUH...I never knew you could do that...feeling stupid here...
Getting tired of reading the many, many posts on Explorer, and internet access, I read the functions of Explorer.exe (Windows Explorer). That kinda helped me understand why it pops it's head up when we launch our browsers. Here's a link that explains a little bit about Windows Explorer...not much, but brings perspective.
See The Windows Explorer Standard Buttons Toolbar information on the link above. So, the way I see it...MSIE, Firefox, Opera, Thunderbird, Outlook, and OE...whatever...use Windows Explorer for these functions. Hope that makes sense.
Well, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it...besides, we drilled this one down to the earth's core...LOL. I see fire!
But if there are any other ideas out there...I'm game for suggestions. I know, too, that explorer.exe can be replaced by trojans/virii, and the like. Just replace it with a clean version, as Derek recommended, if in doubt.
Thanks Derek, Tammy and CrazyOne for your help!