The following Potential Threat is posed by explorer.exe:
- Due to its complexity, explorer.exe is characterized by its high CPU loads, especially since multiple instances of the service may be running under various user accounts.
- If the file is located in a directory other than C:\Windows\, this indicates that probably a virus, Trojan or worm is pretending to be explorer.exe.
Information about the explorer.exe process
Behind the explorer.exe file is a central Windows process, the so-called. Windows Explorer. Its responsibilities include the task bar, the desktop icons and the context menu called up by a right mouse click. Although the process must be started separately, explorer.exe is almost always running in the Task Manager. If ever the task bar, the icons and/or the context menus stop working or disappear, this is an indicator that this process has crashed.