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 winword.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.
The process known as Microsoft Office Word or Microsoft Word or Microsoft Word for Windows
belongs to software Microsoft Office (version 2003, 2000, 2003 Primary Interop, 365 - en-us, 2003 Web, 2000 Premium, 2000 SR-1) or Microsoft Office Shared (version 64-bit Setup, 64-bit, 64-bit MUI 2010) or Microsoft Office XP or Microsoft Office Professional or Microsoft Office Professional Plus (version 2010, 2013) or Microsoft Office Visio or Microsoft Office Standard or Microsoft Office Access Setup Metadata MUI or 2007 Microsoft Office system or Microsoft Office Visio Viewer or Microsoft Office Small or Microsoft Office Home and Student (version 2013, 2007)
by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).
Description: Winword.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Winword.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—generally C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 12,313,096 bytes (10% of all occurrences), 12,037,688 bytes and 50 more variants.
It is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. The program is not visible. Winword.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If winword.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 48% dangerous. The file size is 1,960,448 bytes. The program has a visible window. It is a file with no information about its developer. Winword.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The winword.exe file is not a Windows core file. Winword.exe is able to connect to the Internet and record keyboard and mouse inputs.
If winword.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 1,960,448 bytes. There is no description of the program. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. The winword.exe file is not a Windows system file. Winword.exe is able to connect to the Internet and record keyboard and mouse inputs.
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as winword.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan.Generic.1499028 (detected by BitDefender), and Trojan Horse or Backdoor.IRC.Bot (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the winword.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with winword. 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 winword.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.