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What is explorer.exe? Windows Explorer?

Vendor:      Microsoft
Product:     Microsoft
Vendor Website:     
Last Seen by PC Matic:      No Data

Process is Bad PC Matic has analyzed this process and determined that there is a high likelihood that it is bad.
Process is questionablePC Matic has analyzed this process and determined that the safety of this process is questionable.
Process is goodPC Matic has analyzed this process and determined that there is a high likelihood that it is good.
Process is goodThis process is a Microsoft or Windows process, but many viruses use this file name to escape notice.

Purpose: EXPLORER.EXE - EXPLORER.EXE is the basic graphical file-system user interface in Windows and will always be running.

explorer.exe is an essential part of Windows and required for Windows to work properly. It should never be disabled.


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explorer.exe is a Microsoft or Windows process but some versions of this exe carry viruses.
Learn more about protecting yourself from bad versions of this file with PC Matic.

Percentage of recently scanned PC's with this process running: 31.20%
Average CPU use for this program: 0%
Average RAM for this program: 28 MB


Program Name MD5 Count
explorer.exe

MD5 Hashes

# Status MD5 Revision Name Size
1 Status 0xca382b30d5264d542259a3a2310550a2 3/15/2018 9:32:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1192 KB
2 Status 0x41d5cd162477bce0d585d4b2424dd5eb 8/9/2017 2:27:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 2882 KB
3 Status 0xebf029163302324a9d5c7b2630325ab9 2/14/2017 12:33:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 0 KB
4 Status 0x92977724b90734132a6c0cee11d0ed42 1/2/2017 8:40:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 0 KB
5 Status 0xcc3ef17c14d108e12182975c509556f3 12/30/2016 1:58:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1003 KB
6 Status 0x0de149051671801af50d4044c81d7fbd 12/30/2016 1:16:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 2599 KB
7 Status 0xa93d1d8a4122f7defdd4d0f34cf67213 12/10/2016 10:41:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1956 KB
8 Status 0x21eddf84020e25549463454726ce2ea5 11/20/2016 6:06:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1395 KB
9 Status 0x529a821e195b674a6fe0564daa221e0c 11/2/2016 7:12:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 298 KB
10 Status 0xb8129bacb446d8ce8b083ec0728c2132 8/28/2016 7:15:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1603 KB
11 Status 0x0c35f47295002f8a06419744e945d670 7/22/2016 12:46:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1010 KB
12 Status 0x2ed49d24e5b9ac2c833eca34059ae7a2 8/11/2015 10:00:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 0 KB
13 Status 0x36f3cc7ae034b88e1770cda56d082b4f 7/28/2015 6:10:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1013 KB
14 Status 0x7caaafa480063c0e353a7afb7632cfc0 7/6/2015 4:12:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 236 KB
15 Status 0xd59edc8f761d7c275441aa1ac77a105d 5/19/2015 7:42:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 237 KB
16 Status 0xc4f91b363b29e589e84e6d9d41a92952 5/13/2015 11:00:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1508 KB
17 Status 0x88754867188fa3fbd8a4d7f4b78ddc36 4/26/2015 10:04:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 2555 KB
18 Status 0xad3a8a9e8914439852a98ce48015e237 4/15/2015 12:47:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1011 KB
19 Status 0x4c33e5b9a6197b6ed215f6cfba0a2daa 2/5/2015 3:48:00 PM Unknown 6.00.2900.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158) Windows Explorer 1012 KB
20 Status 0xa568b823da397cebcee80c49e20ecabd 1/27/2015 8:52:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1008 KB
21 Status 0x3624fc3fd93859cc04e63989eba9043c 1/27/2015 7:15:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1028 KB
22 Status 0xd9e4763c02e07f2a9678aa40d9081eca 1/21/2015 2:54:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1031 KB
23 Status 0x377d796838f9a5e6e94b0f7ba3ff93d3 1/17/2015 8:47:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1012 KB
24 Status 0x2a7bd330924252a2fd80344fc949bb72 1/12/2015 6:12:00 PM Unknown 6.00.2900.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158) Windows Explorer 1012 KB
25 Status 0x2deaca71a7fd77205f59d48d76b2f565 1/5/2015 7:15:00 AM Unknown 6.00.2900.2649 (xpsp.050406-1732) Windows Explorer 1050 KB

MD5 Hashes

# Status MD5 Revision Name Size
1 Status 0xafc6b92a687eb221b29d688146841485 11/23/2014 10:21:00 PM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 916 KB
2 Status 0x65d2a6d0da1effba8f3c5d7a025acd9b 7/13/2014 9:56:00 PM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 1 KB
3 Status 0x011500898c98eed009b078ee3ada4092 2/3/2014 12:07:00 PM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 35 KB
4 Status 0x8455d2446c742d83f2a098ccd45a6989 11/25/2013 10:29:00 AM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 12107 KB
5 Status 0x0f6a4ad25347be516574a796e7cfb4f6 11/6/2013 8:29:00 PM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 144 KB
6 Status 0xddeb122b7c38247f33032d69e47d04b4 8/14/2013 10:36:00 PM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 490 KB
7 Status 0x9a73c6de7da6c3052567138fddebdc7c 6/3/2013 7:18:00 PM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 37 KB
8 Status 0x31cc864ef9065b04e3deedeae49a7d00 4/3/2013 3:34:00 PM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 246 KB
9 Status 0x4fb4f888f941b2437f6961b4fba48a0f 10/5/2012 10:59:00 PM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 22 KB
10 Status 0xabbc818655b9cddb3d96af9e2c125b86 8/1/2012 1:54:00 PM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 318 KB
11 Status 0x8db91eec5a9f8eb00597752f0d48d929 6/22/2012 3:19:00 PM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 1 KB
12 Status 0x56fac50aeaef032e6418fec8056f2604 5/16/2012 11:09:00 PM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 929 KB
13 Status 0x71becf48f697a1a200ce487826ae218d 2/7/2012 2:13:00 AM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 93 KB
14 Status 0x1b8dc69b62e9fa415f8af143f5d7cbb1 12/14/2011 12:53:00 PM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 440 KB
15 Status 0xc994decd4ee4640982df97955abf662f 10/22/2011 10:58:00 AM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 357 KB
16 Status 0xadd3c9e4d70892b33b665f3eddad4070 7/2/2011 11:21:00 PM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 280 KB
17 Status 0x458e4af1dc42b22786f7052f3f513bd0 6/5/2011 4:12:00 AM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 100 KB
18 Status 0x035b6fcc95f65a1ab86e6e75432817ff 6/1/2011 10:29:00 PM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 8834 KB
19 Status 0x9fc009c29b89c031395dc8983c8dd335 11/11/2010 3:05:00 PM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 75 KB
20 Status 0x71bb8427fbe71b3bfcad100e504f0382 10/25/2010 6:15:00 PM Unknown Virus ** Read ** 9 KB
21 Status 0x9de092db0ce2b5b8728e5acdb7fc23ec 9/25/2010 12:39:00 AM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 114 KB
22 Status 0xe7d35eb662da16b21bfc16a7949ceefd 8/23/2010 2:09:00 AM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 103 KB
23 Status 0xa645637e6800e8cbe45e5951d4ef2f41 6/7/2010 6:49:00 PM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 128 KB
24 Status 0x3256730fe4f986211b6df2f3d045f5ad 5/26/2010 12:25:00 PM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 618 KB
25 Status 0x201a3a8e0d477a66e2fd06a35da63366 5/14/2010 4:12:00 AM Unknown Unknown Virus ** Read ** 394 KB

MD5 Hashes

# Status MD5 Revision Name Size
1 Status 0x279fe98805167e79a4f8b9102b7ff75f 1/18/2012 4:19:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1537 KB
2 Status 0xe21d01db00efe691cc2fc8cb0fbb7701 5/28/2011 6:17:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1010 KB
3 Status 0xa1bfbe52e8865c5641ac6eb1cee8db26 5/9/2011 9:20:00 AM Unknown 6.00.2900.3156 (xpsp_sp2_qfe.070613-1311) Windows Explorer 1009 KB
4 Status 0x3cb26103b5e19a8ccd4ee6deabc926b5 12/3/2010 12:04:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1010 KB
5 Status 0xa7830a9f166c9ce4f18ca22076f1077c 11/11/2010 6:10:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1681 KB
6 Status 0x8c6c27774a0048fe65facfe551cbc65d 6/26/2010 3:27:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1571 KB
7 Status 0xb27a8c30a9b7bbd0b409aca96bcffa23 3/14/2010 6:19:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1881 KB
8 Status 0xa0f98bb46beeaf2a94593ff9ab856a80 3/10/2010 11:57:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1560 KB
9 Status 0x907712ec5ae77486fc4db8dd917c731a 2/13/2010 7:12:00 PM Unknown 6.00.2900.3156 (xpsp_sp2_qfe.070613-1311) Windows Explorer 1680 KB
10 Status 0xa7c0d688652a2c5bb79cdba5332890df 11/16/2009 1:42:00 PM Unknown 6.00.2900.3156 (xpsp_sp2_qfe.070613-1311) Windows Explorer 1680 KB
11 Status 0x7a4ec6b6d1bc9a866438371b1662385c 11/10/2009 2:30:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1571 KB
12 Status 0xa90b824a6b9391cc23be5c3f47bdf287 11/5/2009 12:43:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1048 KB
13 Status 0xdc5d73a9809b66026231a9d49de6987f 9/25/2009 12:14:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1681 KB
14 Status 0xdbe9bb4018832ed71bc288b2a38f225b 9/24/2009 1:08:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1681 KB
15 Status 0xda765faefc21a92269f301c147be8b8c 8/10/2009 10:49:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1485 KB
16 Status 0x8ac8b004c6f29744d788d0b91609e17e 8/5/2009 5:07:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1883 KB
17 Status 0xb0180a6754460a2b86312c9ac5e715c9 8/1/2009 5:22:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1881 KB
18 Status 0x687402dee9b19aca63b6ff624e533b1b 7/16/2009 4:25:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 2408 KB
19 Status 0x77a84afa75cdc7d12bf5579ab39881ae 7/13/2009 8:40:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1680 KB
20 Status 0x5d1804d43d799f7040ac1c2df3ee137a 7/12/2009 6:54:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1681 KB
21 Status 0x39ccfb9187a3ec27827b717cabc81424 7/11/2009 5:21:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 981 KB
22 Status 0xad16ae8857930bd9a5fb169bd509d0c8 7/11/2009 9:25:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1516 KB
23 Status 0x11d57b21f4d9b6afd39a5812034dc315 7/10/2009 9:38:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1334 KB
24 Status 0xdc2b803bb81968b75128541b96d44744 7/8/2009 7:38:00 PM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1560 KB
25 Status 0x79e70da275556696f4b821d2d1b7f22b 7/8/2009 5:19:00 AM Unknown Unknown Windows Explorer 1485 KB


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