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6.3.9600.17031 (winblue_gdr.140221-1952) 2.92%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.83%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.01%
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6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214) 0.24%
6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214) 0.01%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 3.79%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.17%
6.2.8102.0 (winmain_win8m3.110823-1455) 0.05%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 0.74%
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explorer.exe

Windows Explorer by Microsoft Corporation (Signed)

Remove explorer.exe
Version:   6.00.2900.3156 (xpsp_sp2_gdr.070613-1234)
MD5:   90bdefa8740e66dee42c12eb1c30c789
SHA1:   3b7bc11c5dcaf1b33466884601dc9fc0ab263047
SHA256:   b907d4d70e2540b259e078b033acb26c51c8d1b543cdfc49b5b448f20407c07e
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.

Overview

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.

DetailsDetails

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:6.00.2900.3156 (xpsp_sp2_gdr.070613-1234)
Product version:6.00.2900.3156
Size:1011 KB (1,035,264 bytes)
Certificate
Issued to:Microsoft Corporation
Authority (CA):Microsoft Corporation
Expiration date:Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Digital DNA
Entropy:5.934229
File packed:No
Code language:Microsoft Visual C++
.NET CLR:No
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BehaviorsBehaviors

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)
Averages
 
CPU
Total CPU:0.00040228%
0.028634%
Kernel CPU:0.00002039%
0.013761%
User CPU:0.00038190%
0.014873%
Kernel CPU time:119,094 ms/min
100,923,805ms/min
Context switches:287/sec
284/sec
Memory
Private memory:27.51 MB
21.59 MB
Private (maximum):27.24 MB
Private (minimum):2.58 MB
Non-paged memory:27.51 MB
21.59 MB
Virtual memory:151.83 MB
140.96 MB
Virtual memory (peak):193.89 MB
169.69 MB
Working set:5.87 MB
18.61 MB
Working set (peak):27.46 MB
37.95 MB
Page faults:163,995/min
2,039/min
I/O
I/O read transfer:32.7 KB/sec
1.02 MB/min
I/O read operations:39/sec
343/min
I/O write transfer:56 Bytes/sec
274.99 KB/min
I/O write operations:1/sec
227/min
I/O other transfer:308.49 KB/sec
448.09 KB/min
I/O other operations:3,599/sec
1,671/min
Resource allocations
Threads:18
12
Handles:650
600
GUI GDI count:372
103
GUI USER count:242
49

BehaviorsProcess properties

Tray notification:Yes
Integrety level:Undefined
Platform:32-bit
Command line:C:\windows\explorer.exe
Owner:User
Parent process:winlogon.exe (Windows NT Logon Application by Microsoft)

ResourcesThreads

Averages
 
SHLWAPI.dll
Total CPU:0.14043017%
0.272967%
Kernel CPU:0.10589572%
0.107585%
User CPU:0.03453445%
0.165382%
Context switches:132/sec
79/sec
Memory:472 KB
1.16 MB
browseui.dll (Shell Browser UI Library by Microsoft)
Total CPU:0.13849665%
Kernel CPU:0.10788496%
User CPU:0.03061169%
Context switches:7/sec
Memory:1012 KB
stobject.dll (Systray shell service object by Microsoft)
Total CPU:0.01617173%
Kernel CPU:0.01319273%
User CPU:0.00297900%
Context switches:15/sec
Memory:132 KB
explorer.exe (main module)
Total CPU:0.01472063%
Kernel CPU:0.01166621%
User CPU:0.00305443%
Context switches:1/sec
Memory:1024 KB
ntdll.dll
Total CPU:0.00840537%
Kernel CPU:0.00678694%
User CPU:0.00161843%
Memory:712 KB

Common loaded modules

These are modules that are typiclaly loaded within the context of this process.

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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