.. / explorer.exe

At its core, Explorer provides users access to files. Functionally, though, it is both a file browser via Windows Explorer (though still explorer.exe) and a user interface providing features such as the user’s Desktop, the Start Menu, the Taskbar, the Control Panel, and application launching via file extension associations and shortcut files. Explorer.exe is the default user interface specified in the Registry value HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell, though Windows can alternatively function with another interface such as cmd.exe or powershell.exe. Notice that the legitimate explorer.exe resides in the %SystemRoot% directory rather than %SystemRoot%\System32. Multiple instances per user can occur, such as when the option “Launch folder windows in a separate process” is enabled.

Image Path

Executable’s image path.

Parent Process

A process which spawned the analyzed process.

Number of Instances

Expected number of processes running which may normally run on Windows.

User Account

Windows account with which the process was launched. This defines what privileges given process has.

Start Time

Expected time of process to be launched.