How to remove the ExplorerSrv virus

Most antivirus programs identify ExplorerSrv.exe as malware—for instance Kaspersky identifies it as, and Symantec identifies it as W32.Ramnit.

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ExplorerSrv.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ExplorerSrv
ExplorerSrv.exe process in Windows Task Manager

At the present time, we have no confirmed details about the software with which ExplorerSrv.exe is associated.

Description: ExplorerSrv.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file ExplorerSrv.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 10,240 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. ExplorerSrv.exe is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 96% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify ExplorerSrv.exe related errors

Important: You should check the ExplorerSrv.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.


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Best practices for resolving ExplorerSrv issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active ExplorerSrv process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the ExplorerSrv.exe 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.

Other processes

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