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VersionsAdditional versions

6.3.9600.17031 (winblue_gdr.140221-1952) 2.49%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.71%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.01%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.84%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.01%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.06%
6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214) 0.21%
6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214) 0.01%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 3.24%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.15%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.60%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.88%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 9.34%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.95%
6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423) 0.06%
6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423) 0.05%
6.2.8250.0 (winmain_win8beta.120217-1520) 0.01%
6.2.8102.0 (winmain_win8m3.110823-1455) 0.05%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 0.63%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 1.61%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 35.93%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 1.71%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 2.07%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 3.26%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 10.12%
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Parent processes
Child processes

explorer.exe

Windows Explorer by Microsoft Corporation (Signed)

Remove explorer.exe
Version:   6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205)
MD5:   d07d4c3038f3578ffce1c0237f2a1253
SHA1:   4b3bd605b63749ff255e048ca6f27aff95aec24a
SHA256:   135dd05678c8997b45982d77298dbdd98061c9d4fe43d77866846012eb061a04
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 goforfiles.exe (GoforFiles Application by Righway Technologies). 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 designed to run on Windows Vista 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:6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205)
Product version:6.0.6000.16386
Size:2.79 MB (2,926,592 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:0.01381767%
0.028634%
Kernel CPU:0.00512597%
0.013761%
User CPU:0.00869170%
0.014873%
Kernel CPU time:93,143,501 ms/min
100,923,805ms/min
User CPU time:4 ms/min
0 ms/min
CPU cycles:4,577,465/sec
17,470,203/sec
Context switches:166/sec
284/sec
Memory
Private memory:37.68 MB
21.59 MB
Private (maximum):52.7 MB
Private (minimum):24.53 MB
Non-paged memory:37.68 MB
21.59 MB
Virtual memory:235.94 MB
140.96 MB
Virtual memory (peak):304.12 MB
169.69 MB
Working set:36.26 MB
18.61 MB
Working set (peak):66.14 MB
37.95 MB
Page faults:826,904/min
2,039/min
I/O
I/O read transfer:438.88 KB/sec
1.02 MB/min
I/O read operations:51/sec
343/min
I/O write transfer:55.63 KB/sec
274.99 KB/min
I/O write operations:4/sec
227/min
I/O other transfer:102.35 KB/sec
448.09 KB/min
I/O other operations:1,038/sec
1,671/min
Resource allocations
Threads:26
12
Handles:772
600
GUI GDI count:386
103
GUI USER count:230
49

BehaviorsProcess properties

Tray notification:Yes
Integrety level:Medium
Platform:32-bit
Command lines:
  • C:\windows\explorer.exe
  • "C:\Windows\System32\explorer.exe" /select, C:\users\user\desktop\van morrison\new folder\celine dion - collection best 2009 + cover - pop music album ~mahasonaz~
  • explorer.exe
Owner:User
Parent processes:

ResourcesThreads

Averages
 
SHLWAPI.dll
Total CPU:0.21010867%
0.272967%
Kernel CPU:0.13991735%
0.107585%
User CPU:0.07019132%
0.165382%
CPU cycles:4,460,935/sec
5,741,424/sec
Memory:356 KB
1.16 MB
browseui.dll (Shell Browser UI Library by Microsoft)
Total CPU:0.10731487%
Kernel CPU:0.05618721%
User CPU:0.05112766%
CPU cycles:2,427,344/sec
Context switches:4/sec
Memory:1.27 MB
Explorer.EXE (main module)
Total CPU:0.08394015%
Kernel CPU:0.04664200%
User CPU:0.03729815%
CPU cycles:1,921,498/sec
Context switches:10/sec
Memory:2.8 MB
stobject.dll
Total CPU:0.05039780%
Kernel CPU:0.02478581%
User CPU:0.02561200%
CPU cycles:888,596/sec
Memory:584 KB
RPCRT4.dll
Total CPU:0.04182027%
Kernel CPU:0.02997252%
User CPU:0.01184776%
CPU cycles:97,504/sec
Context switches:1/sec
Memory:780 KB
wow64.dll
Total CPU:0.02125470%
Kernel CPU:0.00000000%
User CPU:0.02125470%
CPU cycles:112,429/sec
Context switches:1/sec
Memory:276 KB
ntdll.dll
Total CPU:0.02098321%
Kernel CPU:0.01086848%
User CPU:0.01011473%
CPU cycles:347,049/sec
Memory:1.16 MB
pnidui.dll
Total CPU:0.01117076%
Kernel CPU:0.00778568%
User CPU:0.00338508%
CPU cycles:292,827/sec
Context switches:11/sec
Memory:1.75 MB
WINMM.dll
Total CPU:0.00612566%
Kernel CPU:0.00306283%
User CPU:0.00306283%
CPU cycles:20,660/sec
Memory:200 KB
gdiplus.dll
Total CPU:0.00325350%
Kernel CPU:0.00000000%
User CPU:0.00325350%
CPU cycles:10,537/sec
Memory:1.67 MB
sapi.dll
Total CPU:0.00127500%
Kernel CPU:0.00003330%
User CPU:0.00124170%
CPU cycles:21,060/sec
Memory:1.12 MB
printui.dll (Printer Settings User Interface by Microsoft)
Total CPU:0.00077962%
Kernel CPU:0.00034108%
User CPU:0.00043854%
CPU cycles:20,848/sec
Memory:864 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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