What is MSWorks.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 MSWorks.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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MSWorks.exe file information

The process known as Microsoft® Works Task Launcher belongs to software Microsoft Works by Microsoft (

Description: MSWorks.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The MSWorks.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 73,784 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 94,276 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with MSWorks.exe, you can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Microsoft Works (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as MSWorks.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the MSWorks.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

I have old files made with msworks that i wish to work on. I have msoffice and would like to install msworks.
  John Hainsworth  
I recently bought a Vista computer, and lost msworks, I had to copy MSWORKS/ from my win98se computer into the Vista in order to read the files I had generated over the years. It can save files in Microsoft Office format, and OpenOffice can read them.

Summary: Average user rating of MSWorks.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think MSWorks.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving MSWorks issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with MSWorks. 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 MSWorks.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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