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Information about Explorer.exe file

File: Explorer.exe
Name: Windows Explorer
Product: Windows
Manufacturer: Microsoft
Risk factor (Virus/Trojan/Spyware):

This is the user shell, which we see as the familiar taskbar, desktop, and so on. This process isn't as vital to the running of Windows as you might expect, and can be stopped (and restarted) from Task Manager, usually with no negative side effects on the system.

Note: The Explorer.exe file file should appear only the C:\Windows\System32\ folder. If you happen to find this file in a different folder, it is possible that your Explorer.exe is in reality a malicious file. Many trojans and viruses try to cloak their real identity by using the names of legitimate files. Any time that you encounter a suspicious process, you should verify the digital signature and the file path, for example using Anti-Spy.Info.

Virus with same name:
W32.MyDoom.B - Symantec Corporation
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User feedback

There were 1984 user requests for that file. 26 users classify it as harmless. 1 user classify it as not so dangerous. 11 users classify it as neutral. 2 users considered the file to be suspicious. 11 users classify it as bad and recommend to delete Explorer.exe. 13 users didn't classify it ("don't know").

Windows Program Manager Alex
This is used file for All Windows OS. Its Microsoft's Own Created File.  link for more info MEHUL (KANUDO)
Windows owned File but look how is your place ... this place must was in the windows directory, when not it is hacked ! DoNe
As DoNe said..look at where it is: if it's in the windows directory, do NOT end the process or it'll restart your computer or something. . .. Thom Chesshyre
This is the Windows shell (desktop, file browser, taskbar etc), closing it is not recommended. However, if the path is C:\Explorer.exe, it's a virus. (Due to lazy programming, Windows does not look in a specific path for this file. If it finds it here, it'll launch it instead of the real shell.)  link for more info Inuyasha
Part of the Windows Operating system. This program draws the taskbar and colorful user interface you see while using Windows. If you stop this process the taskbar will disappear. Nathan
Harmless Microsoft stuff.  link for more info Vegeta
I think this is best explained as. This process is windows, at least so far as most basic users are concerned. This is the only file windows can't run without. Here's a link that will tell you how to find out what version you have, and make sure you have a microsoft registered version.  link for more info Magus
Only if exist 2-nd process! May be a FAKE Windows shell. In my system it was a porno dialer! Faraon
With your firewall set to High Report Level when your "Explore" your Hard drives this program tries to contact groupo mundo's port 21 in Mexico! But WHY does a Visual Artist Company need to receive info from our computers? (XP Only) A definate permanent block on this one in firewall  link for more info The Wizard of Emerald CIty
Location of explorer.exe, signed by microsoft, on my machine (win XP) is in C:\WINDOWS folder.
If it is not in the /windows map it can be spyware or a dialer!
Use Code Stuff Starter to start/stop programs & turn off explorer to save CPU ... when gaming  link for more info RONCO
explorer.exe started to use 98% of my CPU. I found out that it was some downloaded mediafiles that caused it (films). I opened the task maneger and moved my mouse over the files and it went sky high. So I just deleted the whole folder without touching the file. It really worked. Peter
The file is located in WINDOWS folder. If it is in system32 folder, it is a virus/trojan, for example TrojanSpy.Win32.SCKeyLog.20 LOL!!!!
I got unknowing linked to a £1-50 p/min dialer bassed in Vanuatu, & spent hour & half normal surfing. Cost £107 UK Andrew Day
Windows Komponente valu
There are two Shell in Windows one is CMD.exe and one is EXPLORER.exe. Windows uses HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon and under this key a string defined Shell includes this file. If you remove this file name and put CMD.exe and when u restart your computer next time Winlogon will open only Command Prompt and you will not see Start Menu Nirmal Sharma
explorer.exe is in C:\Windows on most computers. One of my friends has his win dir as C:\Win2k though, so then this info would be TOTALLY wrong :P Kramy
sehr wichtig für ein grafik betriebsprogramm Frank Wassner
explorer.exe is a windows system file if found in the c:\windows folder. Found anywhere else it's malware, including the folders system & system32 TJS
This helped me find an explorer.exe file in an XP autopatch directory off the c drive. I renamed the file and my windows explorer shell stopped closing on me. Thanks, budsel83 budsel83
thats b.s. explorer.exe is no virus spyware its what your desktop and folders run under and its not the only one that your computer cant run with your computer cant run without win login.exe kernel32.exe rundll32.exe i know more then all of you and im only a 13 yr old computer genius tomas berrum
Using System Task Manager it was a 64% risk and this was the text found in the file "Could not start Event Logger." And I keep getting pop ups to sites even though not surfing the net. Which are also mention in the text above, However it is in the system32 directory what do i do? and again using system Task manager only 1 explorer.exe shows up there is a Windows and Internet Explorer but only 1 Explorer.exe AND using the Windows Task Manager there are 2 an explorer.exe and an EXPLORER.EXE Lastrider
It could be dangerous if its in C:\system\ or it hasn't got a This Computer icon. Change it into explorer.old if you're infected D.
what to do if it IS in the WINDOWS folder (not system32 or something else) and cpu use is between 70-90 without a reason?! it doesnt stop eat my cpu when i open the taskmanager. there is really no reason (2600xp)  link for more info Janis
Can be used in totally undetectable background mode by Spectorsoft Spyware to report all of your computer activities to someone who has locally or remotely installed Spectorsoft Spyware on your computer on purpose at your PC or by email of an .exe file which causes the keylogging-system monitoring software to be installed without detection, not even in the Task Bar when it is operational. Spectorsoft installs about 20 hidden files and if any are detected they appear to be Windows\System files. SpyCops AntiSpyware can find a few of those. jeffc333
I have a file names "Explorer.EXE" using those caps. I also have the normal "explorer.exe" Doyle
It's Just you Explorer (which is in Windows included) Ecko
bei winme liegt die explorer.exe im windows-verzeichnis!
Makes your computer useless
the Task manager in my PC shows 2 explorer.exe files. one is in CAPS while other is in small letters. Certainly one of them is a spyware or a trojan. Abhijit
ended the process as it took too much memory - DON'T DO THIS. now i've lost my start bar and all the icons on my desktop and have no idea of how to recover them. Max
sometimes there could be wrong things going on this file. my explorer go nuts. i cant even copy and paste some big file because this causes my explorer cpu usage upto %100 ox_the_rider
Could the file be a virus even if it is placed in C//windows folder... what size should the explorer.exe be,,, mine is 981 kB (1 004 544 byte), thought first it had something to do with SP2 but it hasn't, not for me at least. sMartin
I picked up some spyware and my computer would not boot would crash everytime. SO, I made a boot disk and went into the windows folder. Lo and behold there was explorer.exe, only its create date was the time I had been on the web. So, I promptly deleted it. However, now windows will not work at all and I am starting to worry that I deleted the real explorer.exe. Frustrated
I've an explorer.exe file that tries to access the internet once in a while. The file appears to orginate in system32, but when I checked its gone? Also, My AV app doesn't report anything, plus ther
It is a important part of the Microsoft Windows Operating Environment. Nate
explorer.exe is the default shell for windows. It IS NOT vital for explorer to be running to use Windows. And it is possible for explorer to chew up 98% percent CPU, if it starts behaving badly. If you open the task manager (CTRL+ALT+DEL), you can kill explorer, and use the task manager to start and stop programs. Since the shell that windows will start is located in a registry string, you could run any program as the shell (notepad, cmd, Quake III Arena, etc.).  link for more info spacemarine
something is up with explorer and its high cpu usage, i have seen it before, but can't figure out the problem. Andrew
Its window, what do you think...
Explorer.exe is a auto-included malware with Windows, and is there for the purpose of making your computer slow. Horza
unter Wichtig steht standardmäßig C:\Windows\System32 = genau falsch - siehe eigener Hinweis auf Symantec Corporation: explorer.exe sollte nicht in C:\Windows\System32 stehen, nur in C:\Windows\  link for more info
i want to thank peter for his input, I have managed to extracteverything but one bad avifile from my shared folder in emule, to a new folder. and deleted the old one. so now the flick and my problem with cpu being consumed, has gone. thanks, Peter. marietta.
some films from emule makes explorer.exe use all the cpu available. it happens when i open the folder of incoming stuff from emule, and scroll down to the file in question. the minute it hits the screen cpu is skyrocketing. do i have to reinstall emule? i cant get rid of the films. marietta
deutsch:- es ist in 'C:\Windows' wo es ist eine Windowskomponente. english:- it is in C;\Windows where it is a component of windows. anglodeutsch
explorer.exe is USUALLY the windows file manager but people can easily modify it to contain malicious code, then have it copy itself onto your computer, to fool you into thinking it's the real explorer.exe, so don't listen to the 'genius' tomas berrum LOL Dan Bishop
Windows graphical interface if located in system32 directory mememe
After downin sumfin my pc restarted with the message, explorer.exe is damaged, reinstall windows, as i reinstalled windows in the same c-drive it was still there the message, i had to install in onto the d-drive Ravi
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