What does the winword.exe file do?
The winword.exe process is also known as Microsoft Office Word or, as the case may be, Microsoft Word and is a part of Microsoft Office (Version 2003, 2000, 2003 Primary Interop, 365 - en-us, 2003 Web, 2000 Premium, 2000 SR-1) or, as the case may be, NVIDIA ForceWare Network. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of winword.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Microsoft Office Word has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Microsoft Office Word 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)
- winword.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module winword.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about winword.exe Microsoft Office Word
winword.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Winword.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" - mainly C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 12,313,096 bytes (14% of all these files), 12,037,688 bytes as well as 37 other variants.
It is no part of Microsoft Windows. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. Winword.exe is capable of record keystrokes. For this reason, 35% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A winword.exe file has a 56% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. In this case, the file size is usually 1,960,448 bytes. The application has a visible window, and can be closed by clicking the red X button.. This file contains no information about the producer or the version. The file is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. The winword file is not part of the Windows operating system. Winword.exe is capable of connect to the Internet as well as interpret keystrokes.
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 winword.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 winword?
|When I bring up a particular file in Winword usage goes up to 95% |
|the executable file that runs when Microsoft word runs |
|Its Word; part of Microsoft Office. (further information...) |
|winword.exe process running although no Ms word was launch |
|Its running when the Outlook is running |
Summary: 27 users judge winword.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 4 users consider it harmless. However, 5 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 9 users have already deleted winword.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Microsoft Office or NVIDIA ForceWare Network
To remove Microsoft Office Word from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for Microsoft Office or NVIDIA ForceWare Network in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if winword.exe (Microsoft Office Word) 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 Microsoft Office Word. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Microsoft Office Word 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 winword.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.