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What is explore.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the explore.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Explore.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with explore
Explore.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Services and Controller app belongs to software Windows Explorer or intervalhehehe or applehebi by applehebi Install or Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: Explore.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Explore.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 9,728 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 110,592 bytes and 9 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/explore.exe.html 
There is no file information. Explore.exe is not a Windows core file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, Run, Winlogon\Shell, win.ini, NT\Run, DEFAULT\Run). The explore.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. Explore.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 75% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name explore.exe, for example Trojan Horse or Backdoor.Graybird (detected by Symantec), and WORM_NUCRP.GEN or TROJ_GEN.R11C3KL (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the explore.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.

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User Comments

Added to the system as a result of the GRAYBIRD.G virus
  Sebastian Titze  
fix for explore.exe error
  sri   (further information)
It logs everything you do. I lost 3 steam accounts because of it and I still can't get rid of it and I have formatted.
  Chris  
I am too afraid its a system component. Everytime you go into Task Manager, its there, even on new computers.
  Michael  
When i start my Internet Explore that time one error is come i's Explore.exe Is currupt
  Ratnakar  
explore.exe is [art of the user-interface, and IS REQUIRED for your computer to do stuff, such as, SHOW ANYTHING ON YOUR DESKTOP. DO NOT DELETE IT! If you DO remove it, sad to say, that was retarded of you.
  Charlie Wayne Certified PC repairer   (further information)
Without Explore.exe will task manager get killed,, one of the most important files on widows. But because of that also a perfect target for viruses who mimics other programs
  Jesper  
property windows explore/general advince
   
EXPLORE.exe is a VIRUS. IEXPLORE.exe is Internet Explorer(when it is on %programfiles%\Internet Explorer)
  Marco Sy  
it did appear on the root of all my drive including my MP3. Kaspersky has deleted it as a virus. Now when Itry andopen a drive by double clicking it in 'My Computer' it says 'Windows cannot find 'Explore.exe'. I can open the drive by right clicking and selecting open. not sure if I have a virus which has altered windows XP or if it is a genuine file, however can't find it on other computers. but if Iput my stick in another pc at work i get the same message!! weird
  Mad1  
windos lives
  maria  
its easily get corrupted due to improper installing whichleads to hide the taskbar and icons .to get them back press ctrl+alt+del/task manager/file/run/explorer.exethen close .
  meghraj   (further information)
this is a different file from explorer.exe this one is explore.exe without an r in the end. no description and located in appdata roaming. i'd say it's suspicious but there's not much info about it cuz people mistake it for explorer.exe
  enea  

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Summary: Average user rating of explore.exe: based on 11 votes with 13 user comments. 7 users think explore.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. One user thinks explore.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 5 users don't grade explore.exe ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving explore issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with explore. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the explore.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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