What is outicon.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 outicon.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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Outicon.exe file information

The process known as 2007 Microsoft Office component belongs to software 2007 Microsoft Office system or Microsoft Office (version 2010) by Microsoft (

Description: Outicon.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Outicon.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 794,624 bytes (70% of all occurrences), 845,584 bytes, 104,960 bytes, 114,688 bytes or 303,456 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). Outicon.exe is not a Windows system file. The software has no file description. outicon.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with outicon.exe, you may also uninstall Microsoft Office software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify outicon.exe related errors

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

Systray icon for Microsoft Outlook 2003
Outicon.exe appears amongst my start-up programs when I drag Outlook into my Start-up tray. outicon.exe is described my start-up programs by Scotty as managing email, contacts etc. When I disable the program, the Outlook icon disappears from my Start-up tray. So I guess Outicon.exe is nothing more serious than the Outlook short-cut icon....
  Peter Grace  
have been requested to open it but can't
  lee brary  
Verstecktes MS Tool zur bearbeitung der Verknüpfungen, gibt es auch für andere Off Produkte
contains all outlook icons

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of outicon.exe: based on 7 votes with 5 user comments. 3 users think outicon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving outicon issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with outicon. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the outicon.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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