The COM object being hosted by this "surrogate" is a "Wininet Cache task object". Such an object does not exist on my work computer. Nor does the "WinInetCacheServer" class. I suppose the difference is in the IE version ... 11 at home, 8 at work. My only objection to it is that the process (dllhost.exe) never terminates. I don't use IE and I'm not paticularly interested in TCC's HTTP GET's being cached (or in a useless extra process running). Does anyone know how to thwart this feature?