What is ShellExperienceHost.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 ShellExperienceHost.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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ShellExperienceHost.exe file information

The process known as Windows Shell Experience Host belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: The original ShellExperienceHost.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. The file ShellExperienceHost.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,095,968 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 1,907,536 bytes and 5 more variants. 
It is a Windows system file. The file is a Microsoft signed file. The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 6% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with ShellExperienceHost.exe, you can also ask the developer, Microsoft, for assistance or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Microsoft Windows).

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If ShellExperienceHost.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 40% dangerous. The file size is 1,056,768 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 637,440 bytes. The program has no visible window. ShellExperienceHost.exe is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ShellExperienceHost.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ShellExperienceHost.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

makes disk drive whirr and click, no closing the program

Summary: Average user rating of ShellExperienceHost.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving ShellExperienceHost issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ShellExperienceHost. 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.

To help you analyze the ShellExperienceHost.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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