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What does the p_981116.exe file do?

The p_981116.exe process is also known as Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor and is a part of Microsoft® Windows NT® Operating System. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of p_981116.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about p_981116.exe Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor

p_981116.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. P_981116.exe is found in the C:\Windows directory. The file size is 497,376 bytes.
The application has a visible window, and can be closed by clicking the red X button.. This file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run). For this reason, 17% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves p_981116.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about p_981116?

Associated with MS DirextX 6 - see enclosed link
It's a leftover from a DirectX 6.0 upgrade.
see link below (further information...)
David Barnhart
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 watchseries.eu, since firefox warned me for that site today by saying there was malware on it. So yes, I think it's malware

Summary: 2 users judge p_981116.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. For this reason, one user has already deleted p_981116.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Microsoft® Windows NT® Operating System

To remove Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate Microsoft® Windows NT® Operating System in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if p_981116.exe (Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or p_981116.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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