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    Pardon me, I was referring to any type of future threat.  Litestep does use Explorer automatically for dispalying the icons but BlackBox doesnt.

    pacelvi wrote:
    rjdohnert wrote:If I am running an alternative shell and not Windows Explorer and Im using a different Filemanger than Windows Explorer, would I still be as vulnerable as users who are running it as their default shell?

    Be as vulnerable to what threat?

    Reading between the lines, I think the critical factor would be to run as Limited User and not Admin.  That would protect you from what comes to my mind in the context of shell threats, no matter which shell you run.