What is msoffice.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the msoffice.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Msoffice.exe file information

The process known as Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar or Total Commander Administrator Tool belongs to software Microsoft Office (version 97, Professional Edition, 2000 Premium) by Microsoft ( or Ghisler Software GmbH.

Description: Msoffice.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Msoffice.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 333,824 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 339,456 bytes or 409,656 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\User Shell Folders). Msoffice.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with msoffice.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramMicrosoft Office 97, Professional Edition or Microsoft Office 2000 Premium.

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If msoffice.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 68% dangerous. The file size is 42,592 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The msoffice.exe file is digitally signed. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\User Shell Folders). The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The msoffice.exe file is not a Windows system file.

External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as msoffice.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.dssl (detected by Kaspersky), and PWS-Zbot.gen.xs (detected by McAfee). Therefore, you should check the msoffice.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Microsoft Corporation (XP)
It seemes that is office exe file but my anti spy gives it a 100 reating
There is a description of the MS Office Shortcut Bar at
  Dan McGarigle  
Used it for many years and lost it with Office 2007 ! Very usefull shortcut bar for launching MSoffice programs
kann es nicht mehr loswerden.PC lässt sich nicht runterfahren
I have used it for many many years. I am still using MSOFFICE 2000, but used the shortcut bar long before that and, as far as I'm concerned, it has not caused me any problems at all. The big advantage in using the shortcut bar is that not only can you open any of the office suite programs with a simple single left-click of your mouse, you can also add almost any non-office suite program icon to the shortcut bar. In other words, from a simple strip of small icons, which can conveniently be dragged to almost any location on your display, you can use a single left-click of your mouse to open all applications you have installed on your computer, even non-office suite applications. You can also choose to an option to hide the shortcut bar when you move the mouse cursor away from it so it wouldn't be an added distraction on your display. If you you have an msoffice.exe install file supplied to you by the msoffice suite installation, it should be safe. The file should be located in the following directory: c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\1033\

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Summary: Average user rating of msoffice.exe: based on 7 votes with 6 user comments. 4 users think msoffice.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks msoffice.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving msoffice issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with msoffice. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the msoffice.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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