What does the soffice.exe file do?
The soffice.exe process is also known as OpenOffice.org (Version 3.3, 3.1, 3.4.1, 3.2) or, as the case may be, LibreOffice and is a part of IBM Lotus Symphony or, as the case may be, LibreOffice. This software is produced by OpenOffice.org (www.openoffice.org) or, as the case may be, Apache Software Foundation (www.apache.org). An obsolete or defective version of soffice.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- OpenOffice.org has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- OpenOffice.org has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- soffice.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module soffice.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about soffice.exe OpenOffice.org
soffice.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file soffice.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 7,424,000 bytes (22% of all these files), 11,322,880 bytes as well as 9 other variants.
This soffice.exe process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. It was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. For this reason, 38% 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 soffice.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 soffice?
|is the start part of the Open Office Project (further information...) |
|Star Office Quickstart Taskbar Icon |
|Appears after OpenOffice.org 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. |
Summary: 12 users judge soffice.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 3 users consider it harmless. However, 2 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net
How to uninstall IBM Lotus Symphony or LibreOffice
To remove OpenOffice.org from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate IBM Lotus Symphony or LibreOffice in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if soffice.exe (OpenOffice.org) 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 OpenOffice.org. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for OpenOffice.org 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 soffice.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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