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 19% 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.
This executable belongs to old games like win95\98 to winXP Doom, Doom2, old & new vers. Duke Nukem, Star trek Armada,or 1st.issue of Medal of Honor. From 1995 to 2002, give or take. Also there DLL,s for sound & audio. example: realtek 6.0.
  Mike Pad  
This program has been known to run in older versions of 95 to XP, sytem32 and now Vista. Because Vista has system32 and 64bit, It will reek havoc on start up If you no longer have a Microsoft program to accompany it. It is a node, Dll, DirectX 6. Most programs run with dirX 8 or higher. Anyway here's how to deactivate it, Go to your startup menu type in search area MSCONFIG and press enter. You should see a window that say's SYSTEM CONFIGURATION. Go to the START UP in that window and scroll down until you find MICROSOFT (R)... MICROSOFT CORP... C:\WINDOWS\P...HKLM\SOFTWARE\... and uncheck the box on the left side, click APPLY then click OK. Away goes trouble down the drain! Must restart. To verify point your cursor to WINDOWS\P, It will show you that it is p_981116.exe. That means your in the right place! If you also point your cursor on HKLM\SOFTWARE, It will show you in part what the program is,(WOW 6432 NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENT VERSION\RUN. Whooollloooppppp your done. As of note, Your not getting rid of it your deactivating it. Uncheck the box. DON'T FORGET TO RESTART......
  Mike Pad  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of p_981116.exe: based on 8 votes with 8 user comments. 3 users think p_981116.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks p_981116.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade p_981116.exe ("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 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 p_981116.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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