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Windows 7: Two Explorer.exe running

21 Dec 2010   #11
brady

 

not 100% sure but my main 32bit system runs 1 explorer.exe and my secure 64bit machine always lists 2 (and it's verified clean)


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21 Dec 2010   #12
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

As far as the cleanliness of other duplicate explorer.exe is concerned, i uploaded it to virustotal and it came clean.
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21 Dec 2010   #13
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
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Jacee, you want me to generate and attach the report here?
No, you can analyze it yourself by the report. I'm pretty sure that brady has supplied the answer.
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21 Dec 2010   #14
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

So, should i assume that it's normal for x64 windows to run 2 Explorer.exe simultaneously? And what about the string in the command line of another explorer.exe with the -embedding switch? What does that mean? And why it's pid changes with it's each instance?
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21 Dec 2010   #15
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

This tells you how to remove it How to Remove a Switch From Windows Explorer | eHow.com

I don't know what the embedded is about, tho'
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21 Dec 2010   #16
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Ok, will check that out tomorrow. It's already quarter past 2 morning here...
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22 Dec 2010   #17
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
This tells you how to remove it How to Remove a Switch From Windows Explorer | eHow.com

I don't know what the embedded is about, tho'
Quote:
In the "Target" text box, delete everything after "explorer.exe." Using the previous example, the final command after deletion would look like this:

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe

Click "OK" to apply the changes and close the "Properties" window
According to it, my explorer is already 'switch-less'.
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22 Dec 2010   #18
dranfu

 

What they've said is correct. If you kill the 64 bit version (one with the /factory switch) and then run this command here:

%windir%\syswow64\explorer.exe /separate

You will see the same thing, the factory switch and the GUID. Doesn't appear to be a virus.
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22 Dec 2010   #19
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

@Dranfu
Oh thanks. That cleared 75% of my confusion. Just few questions which are still concerning me..
1. What could have create a duplicate explorer.exe in c:\windows\installer folder?
2. When i already have one explorer.exe running, why does the another 64bit explorer kicks in for no reason?
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22 Dec 2010   #20
dranfu

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
@Dranfu
Oh thanks. That cleared 75% of my confusion. Just few questions which are still concerning me..
1. What could have create a duplicate explorer.exe in c:\windows\installer folder?
2. When i already have one explorer.exe running, why does the another 64bit explorer kicks in for no reason?
Concerning the first point, explorer.exe should normally be located in C:\Windows\explorer.exe, your own screenshot confirms this. Therefore, whatever created explorer.exe in c:\windows\installer was likely not legitimate.

Concerning the second point, IDK. It may be a bug. See here: Has the implementation of the 32-bit Windows Explorer changed in the RC?
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