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Program info

Estimated safety rating


explorer.exe is a program which is probably legit. So, if explorer.exe is on your system, it is probably ok, and will NOT be a cause for concern. Even if your PC is virus-free, we still advise you to use a good antivirus with a good detection rate, in order to yourself your PC 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 program is 2617877c5761b8a696fd0368861ee6e4.

Is running as a service


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

Accesses the internet


This executable uses the Internet to communicate. In this day and age this is quite normal. For example, most of the apps on your computer check for new updates. For this, Internet communications are required.

Belongs to the operating system


explorer.exe seems to have something to do with Windows SFC (System File Checker) or Windows File Protection.

Is a 64 bit executable file


This is a x64 executable. It runs using the full capacity of nowadays' CPUs.

File description

 Windows Explorer

The description extracted from the exe is Windows Explorer.

File version

 10.0.10586.306 (th2_release_sec.160422-1850)

File version stored as a property 10.0.10586.306 (th2_release_sec.160422-1850).


 Microsoft Corporation

Producer Microsoft Corporation.


 © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

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

Has valid windows


explorer.exe appears to have visible windows. This means it doesn't run in some kind of stealth mode. Its activity is clearly shown to the user.

Digitally signed


explorer.exe is digitally signed. Today most legit software applications are digitally signed.

Valid digital signature


The digital signature attached to explorer.exe verifies as ok. This is excellent.

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 a removal routine set up in registry.