• Valid program

    EXPLORER.EXE Information

    This is a valid program that is required to run at startup.

    This program is required to run on startup in order to benefit from its functionality or so that the program will work. The following information is a brief description of what is known about this file. If you require further assistance for this file, feel free to ask about in the forums.

  • Name
    <not used>
  • Filename
    Explorer.exe
  • Command
    Explorer.exe
  • Description
    Explorer.exe is the user shell of Windows. This program loads the desktop, Start Menu, taskbar and user interface for Windows.
  • File Location
    %WinDir%
  • Startup Type
    If you are running Windows 95/98/ME, this startup entry is being started via the Shell= line in the Windows\system.ini file.

    If you are running Windows Vista or later, this startup entry is being started via the Shell= line in the registry keys:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell

  • HijackThis Category
    F0, F1, F2, F3 Entry
  • Note
    %Windir% refers to the Windows installation folder. By default, this is C:\Windows for Windows 95/98/ME/XP/Vista/7 or C:\Winnt for Windows NT/2000.
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