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Windows 7: explorer.exe

03 Sep 2010   #1
Supah Fly

Windows 7
 
 
explorer.exe

It never dies. I have to end it in task manager for it to really end. After a while of having my computer on it just accumulates crazy amounts of explorer.exe processes that are using about the same amount of memory as the one before it. This has happened ever since I installed Windows 7 and I was wondering why it does this.


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03 Sep 2010   #2
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

I always have 1 explorer.exe running. If there are multiple explorer.exe's running, I suspect it could be a virus.
Scan your computer with http://www.malwarebytes.org/ and http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro to make sure your PC isn't infected.
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03 Sep 2010   #3
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Well it could be a bad codec causing explorer to hang. USUSALY explorer wil just crash on you if that happens (When navigating to a folder with "media" in it), but maybe this is more subtle.

Have you installed any codec packs or something like that?
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03 Sep 2010   #4
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Suggest you do a Clean Boot to see if a program is spawning the extra processes.

How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

If the problem goes away, then enable a few programs at a time to see if one of them is the cause. A Guy
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04 Sep 2010   #5
Supah Fly

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Suggest you do a Clean Boot to see if a program is spawning the extra processes.

How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

If the problem goes away, then enable a few programs at a time to see if one of them is the cause. A Guy
it happens just randomly while i'm using my computer, when i open a new explorer it sometimes hangs around after the show's over (after the window is closed)

i only have standard stuff. nvidia graphics driver, skype, msn, etc.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Well it could be a bad codec causing explorer to hang. USUSALY explorer wil just crash on you if that happens (When navigating to a folder with "media" in it), but maybe this is more subtle.

Have you installed any codec packs or something like that?
yeah the divx codec pack and maybe another one that i can't remember right now.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dinesh View Post
I always have 1 explorer.exe running. If there are multiple explorer.exe's running, I suspect it could be a virus.
Scan your computer with Malwarebytes and Hitman Pro 3 - SurfRight to make sure your PC isn't infected.
i'm 100% sure it isn't a virus. i don't run programs that could subject my computer to viruses. this has happened on pre-release versions of windows 7 on my old system and it was just an install and test kind of thing, it wasn't even connected to the internet.
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04 Sep 2010   #6
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I found this info:

Multiple explorer instances can be launched by applications that call on it in an improper way. One example is uTorrent, which launches +1 explorer no matter what when you click 'open containing folder'. Also it must be noted that on 64bit some programs that normally pop up explorer windows will launch the 32-bit version of explorer. This can be seen in the task manager as "explorer.exe *32".

You can thus have one explorer for the desktop, one for folders, and an x32 explorer if launched by some programs.

In this discussion which has a couple of other suggestions.

A Guy
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04 Sep 2010   #7
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Well to go one step further with the codec investigation. I'd say try opening an explorer instance, don't navigate anywhere, then closing it. See if that one sticks inthe process list.

Then try again but navigate to a folder with movie files in it and close and see if that one sticks.

In fact you can also test along A Guys route by checking every time ou open and close explorer for a while (Keep the task list opej all the time and sorted by name). You can then see if it's the explorers your launching or maybe ones being launched behind you r back by something.
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04 Sep 2010   #8
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Did you change the default location that explorer opens to? Like changing to from the library page to Computer or C:. The only time I've heard of people having this problem (when it wasn't caused by a virus) was when they changed the place you go to when opening explorer normally.
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05 Sep 2010   #9
Supah Fly

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
I found this info:

Multiple explorer instances can be launched by applications that call on it in an improper way. One example is uTorrent, which launches +1 explorer no matter what when you click 'open containing folder'. Also it must be noted that on 64bit some programs that normally pop up explorer windows will launch the 32-bit version of explorer. This can be seen in the task manager as "explorer.exe *32".

You can thus have one explorer for the desktop, one for folders, and an x32 explorer if launched by some programs.

In this discussion which has a couple of other suggestions.

A Guy
that makes a lot of sense seeing as i normally use the "open containing folder" function in firefox. but that doesn't explain why they don't EVER end... bad programming on microsoft's part?
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