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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 system, it is most likely ok, and will NOT cause problems. Even if your PC is clean, we still advise you to run a good antivirus with a good detection rate, in order to defend yourself against viruses and malware.

Executable file path


This application is normally found on disk in C:\Windows\explorer.exe.

MD5 hash of the executable file


The MD5 fingerprint for this executable is fb8900191867c5b4aa61af85b8dd1869.

Is running as a service


This program does NOT operate as a Windows service. This is normally a good sign.

Accesses the internet


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

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 application runs in 32-bit mode. It does not benefit of the entire set of features of current PC chips. This ordinarily happens because the publishers did not upgrade it to use the x64 instruction set.

File description

 Windows Explorer

The description written in the program is Windows Explorer.

File version

 10.0.10586.420 (th2_release_sec.160527-1834)

File version stored as a property 10.0.10586.420 (th2_release_sec.160527-1834).


 Microsoft Corporation

Maker Microsoft Corporation.


 © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Intellectual property rights 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 operate in a kind of invisible mode. Its operation is clearly displayed to the user.

Digitally signed


explorer.exe has a digital signature. Nowadays the large majority of serious programs are digitally signed.

Valid digital signature


The digital signature attached to explorer.exe is valid. 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 application does NOT have a removal routine stored in registry.