what is explorer.exe?

Explorer.exe is an integral process of all Microsoft Windows Operating Systems. Explorer.exe AKA Windows Explorer is used to browse files and folders in Microsoft Windows. Think of it as the program Windows runs to produce a user interface. The most common use of explorer.exe is navigating your computer. For example, “My Computer” is an application that users explorer.exe

Explorer.exe is found in C:\Windows and is commonly imitated by malicious software to infect your computer. If you discover more then one instance of the process running in your task manager, a virus scan and checkup is recommended.

Microsoft first developed explorer.exe with the release of Windows 95. This introduced a new browsing mode, where individual folders would open a window that shows its contents in a spatial file manager style. Explorer remained the same up until Microsoft Windows Vista where usability tweaks were added for an improved user experience.