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magi
Level 7

Why will explorer.exe access .doc files

I have recently created a Access Protection rule to check the processes accessing the .doc(MSword) files and found explorer.exe was access it.

Can any one know why will explorer.exe access .doc files.

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exbrit
Level 21

Re: Why will explorer.exe access .doc files

Moved to VirusScan Enterprise as it seems a question about that.

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robsara
Level 7

Re: Why will explorer.exe access .doc files

I'm not sure I'm using the right terminology, but Explorer has various preview handlers that create thumbnails of each file. While Windows has built-in handlers for things like JPG, Adobe adds them for PDF, and Office adds them for its file types. My guess is that you'll want to remove/disable the appropriate handler.

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McAfee Employee

Re: Why will explorer.exe access .doc files

So if you are reporting all accesses of .doc files, and a user opens a .doc file from a folder on the machine, that is EXPLORER.EXE accessing WORDFILE.DOC, with a READ action.

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