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Program info

Estimated safety rating


explorer.exe is a application which is most likely legit. So, if explorer.exe is on your laptop or desktop computer, it is most likely ok, and will NOT cause problems. Even if your system is clean, it is still recommended to purchase a well-known antivirus with a good track record, in order to yourself your system against viruses and malware.

Executable file path


Usually, this application is located in C:\Windows\explorer.exe.

MD5 hash of the executable file


The MD5 checksum for this executable is 8931c71addc9b0944332336b9f4a3505.

Is running as a service


This application does NOT run as a Windows service. This is normally a good sign.

Accesses the internet


This application uses the Internet to communicate. In this day and age this is ok. For example, most of the apps on your PC check for new updates. For this, Internet communications are necessary.

Belongs to the operating system


explorer.exe seems to use the functions of Windows SFC (System File Checker) or Windows File Protection.

Is a 32 bit executable file


This app runs as a 32-bit program. It can not exploit the entire power of modern PC processors. This is quite normal because the authors did not bother to upgrade it to 64-bit code.

File description

 Windows Explorer

The description stored in the program is Windows Explorer.

File version

 10.0.14393.0 (rs1_release.160715-1616)

File version extracted from the file 10.0.14393.0 (rs1_release.160715-1616).


 Microsoft Corporation

Maker Microsoft Corporation.


 © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Legal copyright notice © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved..

Has valid windows


explorer.exe appears to have a visible user interface. This is good because it doesn't work in some kind of invisible mode. Its activity is clearly shown to the user.

Digitally signed


explorer.exe has a digital signature. Today most serious programs are digitally signed.

Valid digital signature


The digital signature attached to explorer.exe is valid. This is most likely a clean, ok program.

Certifier name

 Microsoft Windows

Digital certificate name: Microsoft Windows

Issuer name

 Microsoft Windows Production PCA 2011

Certificate's issuer name: Microsoft Windows Production PCA 2011

Can be uninstalled


This executable does NOT have an uninstall routine set up in registry.