How to remove the Windows Explorer virus

Most antivirus programs identify Windows Explorer.exe as malware—for instance Microsoft identifies it as Trojan:Win32/VB or Trojan:Win32/Lodap!rts, and TrendMicro identifies it as WORM_VB.FTV or WORM_VB.BWN.

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Windows Explorer.exe file information

The process known as Mahsa belongs to software Mahsa by unknown.

Description: Windows Explorer.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file Windows Explorer.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 106,496 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 143,360 bytes or 113,148 bytes. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Windows Explorer.exe is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 75% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: You should check the Windows Explorer.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

die explorer.exe ist daf├╝r da damit deine desktop symbohle angezeigt werden

Summary: Average user rating of Windows Explorer.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks Windows Explorer.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving Windows Explorer issues

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

Windows Explorer.exe [all]