What is explore.exe?
Explore.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if explore.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.
Explore.exe file information
Description: Explore.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. explore.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32.
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 9,728 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 110,592 bytes and 9 more variants.
There is no file information. Explore.exe is not a Windows core file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell, C:\Windows\win.ini, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\Run, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The explore.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. Explore.exe is able to record inputs, monitor applications and hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 75% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
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If explore.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 147,456 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 9,728 bytes and 5 more variants. The process has no file description. It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The software uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. Explore.exe is able to record inputs, hide itself, monitor applications and connect to the Internet.
If explore.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 90% dangerous. The file size is 1,930,240 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The file is not a Windows system file. The software uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. Explore.exe is able to hide itself.
If explore.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 52% dangerous. The file size is 69,120 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 315,192 bytes or 61,440 bytes.
If explore.exe is located in the Windows Temp folder, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 1,061,888 bytes.
If explore.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 753,156 bytes.
If explore.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32\drivers, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 178,176 bytes.
External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:
- "explore" definitely not required. Added by any number of VIRUSES, WORMS or TROJANS!
- "Explore" definitely not required. Adult content dialler
- "explore.exe" definitely not required. Added by the GRAYBIRD.G TROJAN!
- "SystemExplorer" definitely not required. Homepage hijacker - file located in the "Services" folder in Common Files
- "Video Services" definitely not required. Added by the GAOBOT.GL WORM!
- "Window" definitely not required. Added by the GAOBOT.ADW WORM!
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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