explorer.exe Process Information

Process Name: Microsoft Windows Explorer
Author: Microsoft Corp.
System Process:
Uses network:
Hardware related:
Background Process:
Security risk 0-5:

What is explorer exe?

The explorer.exe file is an executable file for Windows Explorer. In the Microsoft Windows operating system, the explorer.exe file runs and has a graphical user interface that you can see when you are opening hard drives or files. Sometimes, the graphical user interface of the explorer.exe file is referred to as Windows GUI shell or Explorer.

The explorer.exe file was created to replace the Windows 3.x File Manager, which is the older version of the application embedded on previous versions of the MS Windows environment. The explorer.exe file is executed when the user double-clicks on the My Computer desktop icon and the one found in the Start menu. The explorer.exe file was initially used only to navigate or browse files, but as newer versions of Windows were released, it evolved to being a file management system that is task-based.

Other instances of EXPLORER.EXE:

1) explorer.exe is a process which is registered as a trojan. This Trojan allows attackers to access your computer from remote locations, stealing passwords, Internet banking and personal data. This process is a security risk and should be removed from your system.

Warning: Multiple instances of EXPLORER may be running on your pc at one time. Some of these may or may not be the legitimate versions.

Should You Remove explorer exe?

If you are asking yourself if it is safe to remove explorer.exe from your Windows system then it is understandable that it is causing trouble. explorer.exe is a system process. explorer.exe should not be disabled, required for essential applications to work properly. System processes are processes that are run and managed by the operating system and are important to run the operating system. System processes manage different functionality of the operating system including memory management, hard disk management, network management, display, and so on. So, it is recommended that you do not remove explorer.exe.

Fix explorer.exe Error?

There are many reasons why you are seeing explorer.exe error in your Windows system including:

Malicious software
Malicious software infects the system with malware, keyloggers, spyware, and other malicious actors. They slow down the whole system and also cause .exe errors. This occurs because they modify the registry which is very important in the proper functioning of processes.
Incomplete installation
Another common reason behind explorer.exe error is an incomplete installation. It can happen because of errors during installation, lack of hard disk space, and crash during install. This also leads to a corrupted registry causing the error.

Application conflicts and Missing or corrupt windows drivers can also lead to explorer.exe error.

The solution to fixing explorer.exe error include any one of the following

  • Make sure your PC is protected with proper anti-virus software program.
  • Run a registry cleaner to repair and remove the Windows registry that is causing explorer.exe error.
  • Make sure the system’s device drivers are updated properly.

It is also recommended that you run a performance scan to automatically optimize memory and CPU settings.

Is a explorer.exe CPU intensive?

Windows process requires three resource types to function properly including CPU, Memory, and Network. CPU cycles to do computational tasks, memory to store information and network to communicate with the required services. If any of the resources are not available, it will either get interrupted or stopped.

Any given process has a process identification number(PID) associated with it. A user can easily identify and track a process using its PID. Task Manager is a great way to learn how much resources explorer.exe process is allocating to itself. It showcases process resource usage in CPU/Memory/Disk and Network. If you have a GPU, it will also showcase the percentage of GPU it is using to run the process.