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What does the explorer.exe file do?

The explorer.exe process is also known as Windows Explorer or, as the case may be, ams60_launch and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System or, as the case may be, Windows Updater. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or, as the case may be, PRIVAT. An obsolete or defective version of explorer.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about explorer.exe Windows Explorer

explorer.exe is a Windows system file. Explorer.exe is found in the C:\Windows directory. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 1,033,728 bytes (31% of all these files), 1,033,216 bytes as well as 141 other variants.
The file is a Windows system file. This particular software is recognizable as a window and also on the taskbar. The original file was created by Microsoft. The file itself can therefore be considered trustworthy. Explorer.exe is capable of interpret keystrokes. For this reason, 1% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

explorer.exe is a system file used by Microsoft Windows, and appears in Windows Task Manager as a process named "Windows Explorer." However, some viruses or Trojans use the same file name in order to remain undetected (for example W32.Virut.CF or, as the case may be, WS.Reputation.1 (recognized by Symantec), as well as PE_VIRUX.R-3 or, as the case may be, TROJ_SPNR.0AFR13 (recognized by TrendMicro)).
To be really safe, you should scan your computer with two different anti-virus engines. You can use a free Anti-Malware scanner for this purpose.

Objectionable files with the same file name have the following characteristics:

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves explorer.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about explorer?

Windows Program Manager
This is used file for All Windows OS. Its Microsoft's Own Created File. (further information...)
It's ESSENTIAL to showing the task bar, and is included in the installation package of every Windows OS I know of (Windows XP, Vista, and 7). (further information...)

Summary: 168 users judge explorer.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 14 users consider it harmless. However, 22 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 55 users have already deleted explorer.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall the program or Windows Updater

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To remove Windows Explorer from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for the program or Windows Updater in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if explorer.exe (Windows Explorer) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Windows Explorer. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Windows Explorer or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or explorer.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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