6.3.9600.17031 (winblue_gdr.140221-1952) 3.60%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 1.03%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.02%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 1.21%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.02%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.08%
6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214) 0.30%
6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214) 0.02%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 4.68%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.22%
6.2.8102.0 (winmain_win8m3.110823-1455) 0.07%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 0.91%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 2.33%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 51.93%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 2.47%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 2.99%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 4.72%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 14.63%
6.00.2900.5634 (xpsp_sp3_qfe.080703-1303) 0.02%
6.00.2900.5634 (xpsp_sp3_qfe.080703-1303) 0.02%
6.00.2900.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158) 0.02%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 6.41%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 0.02%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 0.02%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 1.91%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 0.37%



Windows Explorer by Microsoft Corporation (Signed)

Remove explorer.exe
This is a Windows system installed file with Windows File Protection (WFP) enabled.


There are 26 versions of explorer.exe in the wild, the latest version being 6.3.9600.17031 (winblue_gdr.140221-1952). explorer.exe is run as a standard windows process with the logged in user's account privileges. The process displays a GUI (graphical user interface) which allows the user to interact with it as well as displays a notification icon in the taskbar. The average file size is about 2.32 MB. The file is a digitally signed and issued to Microsoft Corporation by Microsoft Corporation. Some variations of the file have been seen to be installed with the program Java 7 Update 60 from Oracle Corporation. During the process's lifecycle, the typical CPU resource utilization is about 0.0059% including both foreground and background operations, the average private memory consumption is about 60.79 MB with the maximum memory reaching around 109.15 MB. Addionally, typically read and write I/O disk operations is about 469.91 KB per minute for reads and 317.04 KB per minute for writes.

What is explorer.exe?

Windows Explorer also known as File Explorer, is a file manager application and also a navigation tool that is included with releases of the Microsoft Windows operating system. It provides a graphical user interface for accessing the file systems. It is also the component of the operating system that presents many user interface items on the monitor such as the taskbar and desktop. Located in the C:\Windows directory, it is sometimes referred to as the Windows shell, explorer.exe.


File name:explorer.exe
Publisher:Microsoft Corporation
Product name:Windows Explorer
Description:Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Typical file path:C:\windows\explorer.exe
Original name:EXPLORER.EXE.MUI
Issued to:Microsoft Corporation
Authority (CA):Microsoft Corporation
Expiration date:Tuesday, July 9, 2013

ResourcesPrograms installed in

(Note, the programs listed below are for all versions of Windows Explorer.)


(Note, the behaviors below are for all versions of explorer.exe, select a unique version for details.)
Shell open command
  • SHCmdFile

VersionsAll file variations of explorer.exe

MD5SHA-1File size
81394c91b7b5a7c799e249ae82491f13 566d18d628ed2122c3ecb5eb70b5ff4a367c58a1 2.26 MB
c1400519d76a364e974e47bba62b95b0 0c8de34d4d7b4d9fa2a9fad2e0ece95595fb5978 2.22 MB
712b0d2ade5297563168c997ddc2dd13 f2dffe7ab1502c2366b646cf1b21656cfe26f8c1 1.97 MB
63dc38c3e4564b2405d562855643aba2 cdf235fa4a238d5f82cfe7e0dc47af97ed562543 2.22 MB
1a0bc9598e4a58fc84570fff5a108e58 c00e4f306475798dd20f31eea5fa2ff962375f02 1.97 MB
8479dc46e9a09015c0777a16bc22a15d 69a663e65333f5f2b5f4f66e2bd33c61d008a2e6 2.22 MB
2cf1204e913aea5a492d89c153f3345e ef3937461e715b4d5a886c7ccb43b8e8b40eb738 2.15 MB
253252bbc9e61728986cb54261f8aecd f1e6acff5f10397182c1ef922fe1403ab8175834 1.92 MB
0e8e6463f81c80afbed533e0f1f8895d eda500ac5c5134f32f1db3a248fcf3009b536867 2.28 MB
eafe46b0292d2bd2467835e2acf717cc 9033be345aded283e0590aac5cb9f6f472ece96a 2.01 MB
5bf26a2d94232cd98db92cfbe07e5470 18b4db307f2d0cac339690a5946877f66b0b954b 2.77 MB
2626fc9755be22f805d3cfa0ce3ee727 d76db4dcd710be9c3314cff94824933847565372 2.49 MB
15bc38a7492befe831966adb477cf76f ea97227d34b8526055a543ade7d18587a927f6a3 2.49 MB
332feab1435662fc6c672e25beb37be3 5a49d7390ee87519b9d69d3e4aa66ca066cc8255 2.74 MB
2af58d15edc06ec6fdacce1f19482bbf e2f906421e49c72e10d9589c39ebf69d02e84583 2.49 MB
ac4c51eb24aa95b77f705ab159189e24 4583daf9442880204730fb2c8a060430640494b1 2.74 MB
40d777b7a95e00593eb1568c68514493 89a175a12bc20104770d0ef83e553f8b0e06274b 2.5 MB
8b88ebbb05a0e56b7dcc708498c02b3e cea0890d4b99bae3f635a16dae71f69d137027b9 2.5 MB
bfbbbfe0913e6c9706f97598a6588b8f 485f8cb858fd3422ace1b1a11c054f874c4630aa 1.5 MB
a4f24d176466f485adb76625aa19e022 1a161594980f859d1287719963270e585634801f 1.56 MB
4c33e5b9a6197b6ed215f6cfba0a2daa 83103125738ade7d41afd457abc0591dde1e41bd 1012 KB
d07d4c3038f3578ffce1c0237f2a1253 4b3bd605b63749ff255e048ca6f27aff95aec24a 2.79 MB
bbd8e74f23d7605cb0cdb57a1b25d826 d84af003a6a9dcf6ca9bd68bb66f2b96dcd1fce8 2.94 MB
6d06cd98d954fe87fb2db8108793b399 481a5c2e04f183b7b2e6dc2c53501cac7c7c5454 2.79 MB
6b08e54a451b3f95e4109dba7e594270 4a4ffbeb8c559f25b2ff7fdaa63c021610f8fa52 2.94 MB
37440d09deae0b672a04dccf7abf06be 28cec32abf5a85e3ba4a83b2b300d129b79db160 2.79 MB

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Windows 7 Home Premium 36.00%
Windows 8.1 16.25%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.75%
Windows 8.1 Pro 10.25%
Windows 7 Professional 8.25%
Windows 8 4.25%
Windows 8.1 Single Language 4.00%
Windows 8 Single Language 2.25%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 2.00%
Windows 8.1 N 2.00%
Windows 7 Home Basic 1.00%
Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation 1.00%
Windows 8 Pro 1.00%
Windows Vista Home Premium 1.00%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 56.75% of Windows Explorer.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
Dell 26.39%
Hewlett-Packard 18.36%
ASUS 16.83%
Toshiba 12.24%
Acer 10.13%
Lenovo 7.65%
Sony 3.06%
Alienware 2.29%
Samsung 2.29%
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