What is p_981116.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 p_981116.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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P_981116.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with p_981116
P_981116.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor belongs to software Microsoft® Windows NT® Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: P_981116.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. P_981116.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 497,376 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as p_981116.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows folder. Therefore, you should check the p_981116.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

Associated with MS DirextX 6 - see enclosed link
It's a leftover from a DirectX 6.0 upgrade.
see link below
  David Barnhart   (further information)
DirectX 6 overaged file take it out of system start
It asked permission for access on my VAIO, I always refused it and now I've deleted it. I think it could be coming from, since firefox warned me for that site today by saying there was malware on it. So yes, I think it's malware
it was stored in my c:/windows folder and every time i start computer, it ask permission to run/install. I just deleted. dont know what will happen. It is happening since I have tried to install a player from cd "Matchbox". At some point, it asked me to download some software fro internet. At the end, matchbox also did not work. my system Win 7 64bit.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of p_981116.exe: based on 6 votes with 6 user comments. 2 users think p_981116.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks p_981116.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving p_981116 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with p_981116. 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 p_981116.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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