What is ClassicExplorer32.dll?

The genuine ClassicExplorer32.dll file is a software component of Classic Shell by Ivo Beltchev.
ClassicExplorer32.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that is associated with Classic Shell, a freeware program for Microsoft Windows that enables several utilitarian Windows user interface (Shell) features, File Explorer features and Internet Explorer features which have been removed by Microsoft. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. The Classic Shell started out as an open-source project meant to allow users the ability to revisit the old familiarity of past versions of Microsoft Windows. The program provides a suite of enhancements that serve three different components, namely, the Start Menu, the Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer. All Classic Shell components are optional and independent of each other. Classic Shell is developed and maintained by Ivo Beltchev and his team (also known as IvoSoft). Ivo Beltchev began his work on the project after switching from Vista to Windows 7 around 2009, and realizing that the classic menu had been removed. After Windows 8 was released, Classic Shell exploded in popularity as people missed the old Windows functionalities that were absent in later releases.

ClassicExplorer32 stands for Classic Explorer (32-bit)

ClassicExplorer32.dll is a browser extension for Internet Explorer. This add-on enables several additional functions for Internet Explorer. You can disable it through the Extras menu (key combination Alt + X) under Manage Add-ons. The following paragraph provides more information about Adds classic Windows Explorer features.

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ClassicExplorer32.dll file information

The process known as Adds classic Windows Explorer features belongs to software Classic Shell or Microsoft Office Professional by IvoSoft (

Description: ClassicExplorer32.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file ClassicExplorer32.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 683,200 bytes (24% of all occurrences), 687,040 bytes and 25 more variants. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include 449D0D6E-2412-4E61-B68F-1CB625CD9E52. The program has no visible window. There is no detailed description of this service. It is not a Windows core file. ClassicExplorer32.dll is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. ClassicExplorer32.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Classicshell provides direct support ( You could remove the entire program Classic Shell or Microsoft Office Professional using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify ClassicExplorer32.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ClassicExplorer32.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ClassicExplorer32.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Adds classic Windows Explorer features has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Classic Shell
It's a classic Windows XP menu for Windows 7
Part of Classic Shell - Harmless & Helpful.
  phlibby   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of ClassicExplorer32.dll: based on 6 votes with 3 user comments. 5 users think ClassicExplorer32.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks ClassicExplorer32.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving ClassicExplorer32 issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active ClassicExplorer32 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the ClassicExplorer32.dll on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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