Should I block it?

No, this file is 100% safe to run.

VersionsAdditional versions

6.3.9600.17031 (winblue_gdr.140221-1952) 3.58%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 1.02%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.02%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 1.20%
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) 4.65%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.21%
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) 2.31%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 51.59%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 2.46%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 2.97%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 4.69%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 14.54%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 0.02%
6.00.2900.5634 (xpsp_sp3_qfe.080703-1303) 0.02%
6.00.2900.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 0.02%
6.00.2900.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 0.02%
6.00.2900.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 0.48%
6.00.2900.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105) 0.08%
6.00.2900.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158) 0.08%
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Windows Explorer by Microsoft Corporation (Signed)

Remove explorer.exe
Version:   6.00.2900.5634 (xpsp_sp3_qfe.080703-1303)
MD5:   86e4c8828bb36503c52e611ba0c69671
SHA1:   a4eae66853a1bddb25ed694890629c604da3b57b
SHA256:   11680717b12673db92eaea3a4709b3f756abd3c1e6d5448c53e1f3a56aab525d
This is a Windows system installed file with Windows File Protection (WFP) enabled.

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.


explorer.exe executes as a process with the local user's privileges. It configures an autoplay handler withing explorer.exe named MSOpenFolder that will launch the program automatically. The file is digitally signed by Microsoft Corporation. This version is installed on Windows XP and is compiled as a 32 bit program.


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
File version:6.00.2900.5634 (xpsp_sp3_qfe.080703-1303)
Product version:6.00.2900.5634
Size:1.63 MB (1,712,128 bytes)
Issued to:Microsoft Corporation
Authority (CA):Microsoft Corporation
Expiration date:Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Digital DNA
File packed:No
Code language:Microsoft Visual C++
More details


Shell open commands
  • SHCmdFile
Autoplay handlers
Runs under the registry key 'SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers'
  • Handler name 'MSOpenFolderBackup'
  • Handler name 'MSOpenFolder'
Scheduled tasks
  • The task '{AD36F1D3-E56E-44BA-A569-280718EB8C51}' runs on registration in the path '\{AD36F1D3-E56E-44BA-A569-280718EB8C51}'

ResourcesResource utilization

(Note: statistics below are averages based on a minimum sample size of 200 unique participants)
Total CPU:0.00138455%
Kernel CPU:0.00106574%
User CPU:0.00031881%
Kernel CPU time:1,046,875 ms/min
Context switches:21/sec
Private memory:24.11 MB
21.59 MB
Private (maximum):24.89 MB
Private (minimum):2.8 MB
Non-paged memory:24.11 MB
21.59 MB
Virtual memory:138.51 MB
140.96 MB
Virtual memory (peak):166.98 MB
169.69 MB
Working set:5.57 MB
18.61 MB
Working set (peak):25.71 MB
37.95 MB
Resource allocations
GUI GDI count:539
GUI USER count:293

BehaviorsProcess properties

Tray notification:Yes
Integrety level:Undefined
Command line:C:\windows\explorer.exe

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Windows 7 Home Premium 36.00%
Windows 8.1 Pro 14.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.00%
Windows 8.1 10.50%
Windows 7 Professional 6.50%
Windows 8 6.50%
Windows 8.1 Single Language 6.00%
Windows 8.1 N 4.00%
Windows 8 Single Language 2.50%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 2.00%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 51.50% of Windows Explorer.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
Hewlett-Packard 23.75%
ASUS 23.33%
Dell 14.17%
Toshiba 13.33%
Acer 12.08%
Lenovo 6.67%
Alienware 3.33%
Samsung 3.33%
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