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VersionsAdditional versions

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%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.98%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.01%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.07%
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%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 1.88%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 42.01%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 2.00%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 2.42%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 3.82%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 11.84%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 2.03%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 0.01%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 0.01%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 0.66%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 0.05%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 0.01%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 0.01%
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Parent process
Child processes

explorer.exe

Windows Explorer by Microsoft Corporation (Signed)

Remove explorer.exe
Version:   6.00.2900.5634 (xpsp_sp3_qfe.080703-1303)
MD5:   c9561c83a04687411c7658cc47d7565e
SHA1:   d451aedcdb10efef8618a7db7142f55c99d98052
SHA256:   dd0edff1b0ed014f45d7bc1ce954612e09c69a93be189681b2bf78e10e731f09
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 typically within the context of its parent IDMan.exe (Internet Download Manager (IDM) by Tonec Inc.). 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:6.00.2900.5634 (xpsp_sp3_qfe.080703-1303)
Product version:6.00.2900.5634
Size:1.57 MB (1,644,032 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:0.00849868%
0.028634%
Kernel CPU:0.00268055%
0.013761%
User CPU:0.00581813%
0.014873%
Kernel CPU time:1,711,969 ms/min
100,923,805ms/min
Context switches:255/sec
284/sec
Memory
Private memory:24.22 MB
21.59 MB
Private (maximum):28.02 MB
Private (minimum):18.39 MB
Non-paged memory:24.22 MB
21.59 MB
Virtual memory:131.06 MB
140.96 MB
Virtual memory (peak):143.52 MB
169.69 MB
Working set:22.31 MB
18.61 MB
Working set (peak):28.56 MB
37.95 MB
Resource allocations
Threads:11
12
Handles:471
600
GUI GDI count:353
103
GUI USER count:164
49

BehaviorsProcess properties

Integrety level:Undefined
Platform:32-bit
Command lines:
  • "C:\windows\explorer.exe" /n,/select,"C:\Documents and Settings\user\My documents\downloads\programs\rkfree_setup.exe"
  • C:\windows\explorer.exe
Owner:User
Parent process:IDMan.exe (Internet Download Manager (IDM) by Tonec Inc.)

ResourcesThreads

Averages
 
browseui.dll (Shell Browser UI Library by Microsoft)
Total CPU:0.49561727%
0.272967%
Kernel CPU:0.35840092%
0.107585%
User CPU:0.13721635%
0.165382%
Context switches:30/sec
79/sec
Memory:1.03 MB
1.16 MB
stobject.dll (Systray shell service object by Microsoft)
Total CPU:0.15263632%
Kernel CPU:0.10966255%
User CPU:0.04297377%
Context switches:37/sec
Memory:120 KB
SHLWAPI.dll
Total CPU:0.11636775%
Kernel CPU:0.08911928%
User CPU:0.02724847%
Context switches:43/sec
Memory:496 KB
ntdll.dll
Total CPU:0.00743844%
Kernel CPU:0.00585003%
User CPU:0.00158842%
Memory:712 KB
WINMM.dll
Total CPU:0.00500664%
Kernel CPU:0.00461853%
User CPU:0.00038811%
Memory:180 KB
Explorer.EXE (main module)
Total CPU:0.00434855%
Kernel CPU:0.00345915%
User CPU:0.00088939%
Memory:1.58 MB

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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