How to remove the msword98 virus

Most antivirus programs identify msword98.exe as malware—such as Microsoft identifies it as TrojanDownloader:Win32/Cutwail.AQ, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_AGENT.JXXZ or TROJ_MUTANT.IK.

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Msword98.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with msword98
Msword98.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The msword98.exe process does not provide any identification of the producer.

Description: Msword98.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Msword98.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 26,686 bytes (62% of all occurrences), 47,360 bytes or 47,616 bytes. 
The msword98.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). Msword98.exe is not a Windows system file. The msword98.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 74% dangerous.

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If msword98.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 50% dangerous. The file size is 26,686 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 26,685 bytes. The process has no file description. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The msword98.exe file is not a Windows core file.

Important: You should check the msword98.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.


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Best practices for resolving msword98 issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active msword98 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the msword98.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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