What is explore.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the explore.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Explore.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with explore
Explore.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Services and Controller app belongs to software intervalhehehe or applehebi by applehebi Install.

Description: Explore.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Explore.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 9,728 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 14,336 bytes, 10,240 bytes or 73,728 bytes. 
There is no file information. Explore.exe is not a Windows core file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, Winlogon\Shell). The explore.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Explore.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 59% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as explore.exe, for example Trojan Horse or Backdoor.Graybird (detected by Symantec), and TROJ_GEN.R11C3KL or WORM_NUCRP.GEN (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the explore.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Added to the system as a result of the GRAYBIRD.G virus
  Sebastian Titze  
fix for explore.exe error
  sri   (further information)
It logs everything you do. I lost 3 steam accounts because of it and I still can't get rid of it and I have formatted.
I am too afraid its a system component. Everytime you go into Task Manager, its there, even on new computers.
When i start my Internet Explore that time one error is come i's Explore.exe Is currupt
explore.exe is [art of the user-interface, and IS REQUIRED for your computer to do stuff, such as, SHOW ANYTHING ON YOUR DESKTOP. DO NOT DELETE IT! If you DO remove it, sad to say, that was retarded of you.
  Charlie Wayne Certified PC repairer   (further information)
Without Explore.exe will task manager get killed,, one of the most important files on widows. But because of that also a perfect target for viruses who mimics other programs
property windows explore/general advince
EXPLORE.exe is a VIRUS. IEXPLORE.exe is Internet Explorer(when it is on %programfiles%\Internet Explorer)
  Marco Sy  
it did appear on the root of all my drive including my MP3. Kaspersky has deleted it as a virus. Now when Itry andopen a drive by double clicking it in 'My Computer' it says 'Windows cannot find 'Explore.exe'. I can open the drive by right clicking and selecting open. not sure if I have a virus which has altered windows XP or if it is a genuine file, however can't find it on other computers. but if Iput my stick in another pc at work i get the same message!! weird
windos lives
its easily get corrupted due to improper installing whichleads to hide the taskbar and icons .to get them back press ctrl+alt+del/task manager/file/run/explorer.exethen close .
  meghraj   (further information)
this is a different file from explorer.exe this one is explore.exe without an r in the end. no description and located in appdata roaming. i'd say it's suspicious but there's not much info about it cuz people mistake it for explorer.exe
It is necessary! Do NOT get rid of it! If you do, everything on desktop will disappear and you will not be able to do anything. However, it can get infected. In that case you should know that deleting it will only make things worse, just try to get the virus out without harming Explorer.exe .

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of explore.exe: based on 13 votes with 14 user comments. 8 users think explore.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. 2 users think explore.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade explore.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving explore issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with explore. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the explore.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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