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Should my explorer.exe file look like that?

by BernhardF / January 7, 2010 3:37 AM PST

Well, when I looked in my start menu today, Windows Explorer was highlighted as a recently installed program. I'm running Vista Basic SP2.
The actual file has the following attributes:
size:2,926,592 bytes (2.79MB)
created: 02 ‎January ‎2010, ‏‎16:54:09
modified:‎11 ‎April ‎2009, ‏‎06:27:36
accessed:‎03 ‎January ‎2010, ‏‎13:29:38

Security Task Manager reports:
Microsoft signed file
Functions:record inputs

In the "Text in file", there appears to be loads of garbage, such as:
Dalsy
GWak
LWluz
,Lekw
biouz
/ajp
Uahu
Caun
Caun
ULaULbULbVMbVMbVLcVLcVMcWMdWMdXMdXMdXMdXNdXNeYNeYNeYNeYNeYNfYNfYOfYOfYOfZOfZOfZOfZOfZOfZOfZOfZOfZOfZOfZOfYOfYOfYNfYNfYNeYNeYNeYNeYNeYNdXNdXNdXNdXNdXMdXMdWMcWMcWMcVMbVLbVMbVMbUL
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3Ra3Sb3Sa3Sa3Sb3Tb3Tc3Tc3Uc3Uc3Ud3Ud3Ud3Vd3Vd3Ve3Ve3Ve3Ve3Vd3Vd3Vd3Ud3Ud3Uc3Uc3Uc3Tc3Tb3Sb3Sa3Sa3Sa3Rb3Ra3R
HHaIIaJJbJJbJJbJJaJJbJJcJJcJJdJJdJJdKKdKKdKKeKKeKKeKKeKKfKKfKKfKKfKKfKKfKKeKKeKKeKKeKKdKKdJJdJJdJJdJJcJJcJJcJJbJJbJJbJJbIIaHHaHH
HHaIIaJJbJJbJJbJJaJJbJJcJJcJJdJJdJJdKKdKKdKKeKKeKKeKKeKKfKKfKKfKKfKKfKKfKKeKKeKKeKKeKKdKKdJJdJJdJJdJJcJJcJJcJJbJJbJJbJJbIIaHHaHH
3Ra3Sb3Sa3Sa3Sb3Tb3Tc3Tc3Uc3Uc3Ud3Ud3Ud3Vd3Vd3Ve3Ve3Ve3Ve3Vd3Vd3Vd3Ud3Ud3Uc3Uc3Uc3Tc3Tb3Sb3Sa3Sa3Sa3Rb3Ra3R

and

bedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedaedaedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecffcffcffcffcffcfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfecfeceebeebfebfebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebedbedbeebeebeebeebeebeebeebedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbedbddaddaddaddaddaddaddaddaddaedbedbedbedbedbeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeebeeb
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There is loads of this stuff in the file.
Is this normal or should I be worried? My antivirus reports no infections in explorer.exe. File location is C:\Windows\explorer.exe

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Oops, those dates aren't legible.
by BernhardF / January 7, 2010 3:45 AM PST

Copied the dates directly from the Properties dialog box.

Here they are properly displayed:
Created: 02 January 2010, 16:54:09
Modified: 11 April 2009, 06:27:36
Accessed: 03 January 2010, 13:29:38

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Yes that's normal.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 7, 2010 10:22 PM PST
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What text file is that?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 7, 2010 6:12 PM PST

When I open my Start Menu I see Windows Explorer listed in the first listing as a "Recently used" application. The list doesn't say 'recently used', but I know it is. If I right click any entry I can "Remove from list" if I so wish.

What text file is that you mentioned? How did you access that?

Is this Windows Explorer in that first listing, or does it appear when you select "All programs"? if you right click that entry and select Properties, does the Properties window have a Shortcut tab, and if so, what are the entries for "Target type:", "Target location", and "Target"?

Windows Explorer is a known and much used Windows utility and is installed on all Windows systems. It is a File Manager.

Mark

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