What is soffice.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 soffice.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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Soffice.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with soffice
Soffice.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as (version 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 2.3, 3.4.1, 2.0, 3.0) or OOo-dev (version 3.3) or LibreOffice or OpenOffice (version 4.1.1) or ONE

belongs to software IBM Lotus Symphony or IBM Lotus Sametime Advanced Embedded or OOo-dev or LibreOffice or OpenOffice

by ( or ONE or The Document Foundation or Apache Software Foundation (

Description: Soffice.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The soffice.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 7,424,000 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 2,363,392 bytes and 13 more variants. 
There is no description of the program. The file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can do the following:
  1) uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a or IBM Lotus Symphony
  2) contact Customer Service [1][2]
  3) search for an update on the vendor’s website.

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External information from Paul Collins:

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

is the start part of the Open Office Project
  matrix812   (further information)
Star Office Quickstart Taskbar Icon
Appears after installation and reboot.
Star Office Quickstart Taskbar Icon
I know very little, but it does take up alot of RAM to run. If you have Word/Excel, then you do not need it.
I have an soffice.exe file size of 2,280 KB in c:\programs\openoffice.org2.1\program , which seems to make it a normal part of that congenial and free wordprocessor.
  Arthur Borges  
Belongs to the OO-Suite
Lotus Symphony also installs
Soffice.exe / .bin / .ini are all part of open project. As that is the office products that I use, and those files are part of tht program.
OpenOffice...wie auch soffice.bin
This is a background process running as NT Service if you wish to invoke API interactions through your software program.
  Balaji V  
Its a POS
It's a file for
Well, its just part of OO. Deinstall it if it really bothers you :)
it won't let me use my open
That it keeps freezing up my computer and I've NEVER had or used or are interested in using it. Get it da fug off my computer once and friggin for all!!! - RB
Soffice.* is a part of the OpenOffice program. Some report that Star Office and others use soffice.* also. It loads at start-up IF you have enabled OpenOffice QuickStart option. (I am guessing the same for the others.) It may be necessary to run OpenOffice. Would advise that you do not uninstall or delete if you use OpenOffice. To save on memory, and reduce boot-time, simply open your program options, and disable the Program 'X' QuickStart option. If you often often use the office proigrams, however, doing so will increase your load time. I love open office! However, if you really totally hate the soffice process, and absolutely must remove it, I guess you could always delete the free OpenOffice program. Microsoft might run a special on their full Office suite.
Request to install always comes up when I try to open office. If I cannot open office without it, I will cancel my internet service and seek damages for rendering my computer useless
OpenOffice Application
In some systems it is automatically exempted from reporting issues.
  A. G.  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of soffice.exe: based on 23 votes with 20 user comments. 15 users think soffice.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 3 users don't grade soffice.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving soffice issues

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