What is winword.exe? Is winword.exe spyware or a virus?

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This is the main executable program for Microsoft Word, the very popular word processing program. It will be present in the task list whenever you have Word operating, and terminating it will close Word, potentially with data loss. Note that if there are several Word windows open, terminating winword.exe will cause all of them to end.http://www.neuber.com/taskmanager/process/winword.exe.html 

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Users Opinions

Average user rating of winword.exe: based on 53 votes. Read also the 45 reviews.

861 users ask for this file. 29 users rated it as not dangerous. 4 users rated it as not so dangerous. 6 users rated it as neutral. 5 users rated it as little bit dangerous. 9 users rated it as dangerous. 8 users didn't rate it ("don't know").


All comments about winword.exe:
When I bring up a particular file in Winword usage goes up to 95%   Jim Dawson
the executable file that runs when Microsoft word runs   John Jjohn
Its Word; part of Microsoft Office.  See also: Link   Ben!
winword.exe process running although no Ms word was launch   julien
Its running when the Outlook is running   pavlas
Is running with Microsoft Outlook   johnnymachine
Running and using over 20MB of RAM but was NOT launched during session - refuses to be closed using End Process   Stuart
It was running while trying to open word perfect 9 and caused it to lock up. I just shut it down in the task manager and resolved my issue.   Bill
its running when outlook is running   Rene
Runs with Outlook 2003 even if you dont invoke it   Raoul
Been on my machine, but I never had microsoft office. If it's in all caps, it's eating up your resources and is a virus.   Michael
MS Word, Part of Office, launched either manually, or with MS Outlook   Anthony
This is the file that MS word uses. its part of office suit  See also: Link   Rocket
it could burn your hard disk   aaron
Winword.exe runs with Outlook 2003 by default.   jon
If the MS Word is not runninig and this process appears on the table it's certainly a Trojan (Password Keeper). I Got one of these in my computer this week and removed it.   Saulo Gonzaga
it is NOT a virus if its in all caps!! even if you don't have word, it runs when u run outlook.   aaron
That is incorrect about winword.exe being in all caps and being a virus. I have an un-networked PC I just installed with a fresh copy of Office 2k3 and it has winword.exe in all caps. It is always capitalized and is even all caps in Office 2007 Beta2! Please do not spread F.U.D. if you do not know for sure.   choekstr
It starts automatically when I log on to my computer and it always uses between 90 and 100 percent of my CPU.   eat2thepieseye
If you have Microsoft Outlook set to use Word as your default e-mail editor then winword.exe will run when Outlook runs. To change Outlook mail settings open Outlook and click tools/options; click the mail format tab at the top of the box that pops up; uncheck the "use Microsoft Office Word to edit e-mails" box. The process should stop running when you restart Outlook.   dude
don't choose ms-word as mail editor and reader, it will stop launch winword.exe when you open outlook   Karyana
To configure Outlook *not* to create an instance of Winword, go to Tools Options Mail Format and make sure that *both* the "Use MS Word..." checkboxes are unchecked   Mike
WINWORD.EXE in capital letters comes up when I am NOT running Outlook and is identified as a risk  
This runs with office 2003 applications. It should close when you close your office app. (even if it is in CAPS!)   Jdp
All I know that as soon as I ended this prosses my CPU usage went down so quick from 100% to 7%.   Fernando.
I found this running even tho Word and Outlook weren't (haven't even got Outlook). It was using up over 50% usage and made the CPU fan run wild. I am not sure where it came from.   Samd
Are you using word as your email editor, that's why it runs even tho Word was not launched.   Hogan1
Run with MS Word and Outlook, resource hog. can potentially be a virus but usually isn't.   BeefCake
Outlook using Word2003 as a mail editor (To remove, Tools- Options~Mail Format, Uncheck Use MSO Word 2003...)   Tyn
It keeps creating errors and locking my files while I am working  
Trojan - logs and sends text files somewhere...   Northen_Wolf
if winword.exe is in system32 folder then it is a malware !!!   Jerry
THAT IT USES 50% OR MORE CPU MEMORY SPACE. IT HANGS UP WORD WHEN I TRY TO SEND MAIL USINF MAIL MERGER AND OUTLOOK 2007   Rani Nalwa
it copy itself and hide all my word file while replace the file word exe of the same name instead  
It is process associated with MS Word   Sukhvinder Singh
it is not a virus but it puts a load error up on screen in a small box and a red X and it keeps syain that the only way to remove it is to delite michrosoft office this will stop it from doing it anymore especially on WINDOWS 7 if this happens to u run task manager and look for winword and stop it then remove the programs aka microsoft office straght away   richard d
If winword.exe is in system32 folder then it is a malware, right-click the process and open the file location to be sure. Otherwise, Outlook could be the one to blame. If you are using the 2003 edition and want to configure Outlook *not* to create an instance of Winword, go to Tools Options Mail Format and make sure that *both* the "Use MS Word..." checkboxes are unchecked.   Bilio
Disturbing and wasting my time when working on ms word. This thing hidding my original .doc files and rename with .exe. Some of non IT users thinked they have lost their word files.   NAIM
ms office exe   sweta
WinWord runs in my computer sometime when neither Word nor Outlook is open. I do the "end process" and it closes.   RF
It is microsoft office file   katarina
I'm worried because I had Word open and killed the WINWORD.EXE process, however, word did not close!  
This exe file is an integral part of MSOffice and it can present a danger by running away with all of your computer's processing resources. My WinWord.exe has the official stamp of Microsoft and runs out of control on a regular basis - almost every time I use Word. The only way to shut it down is through Windows Task Manager.   Jerry B
It's the main process for Microsoft Word.   mew4ever23
If you have Microsoft Outlook set to use Word as your default e-mail editor then winword.exe will run when Outlook runs. To change Outlook mail settings open Outlook and click tools/options; click the mail format tab at the top of the box that pops up; uncheck the "use Microsoft Office Word to edit e-mails" box. The process should stop running when you restart Outlook. dude   bhola thpa

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