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What’s WORDVIEW.EXE (Microsoft Office Word Viewer)? Is it safe or a virus?

WORDVIEW.EXE is a program developed by Microsoft Corporation that allows users to view Word documents even if they don't have Microsoft Word installed on their computer.

It provides a simple and easy-to-use interface for users to open and read documents in the .docx format without the need for the full Microsoft Word application. This can be useful for individuals who only need to view Word documents occasionally, as well as for businesses that want to share documents with employees who may not have access to Microsoft Word.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes WORDVIEW.EXE (Microsoft Office Word Viewer)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of WORDVIEW.EXE.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is WORDVIEW.EXE safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the WORDVIEW.EXE process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find WORDVIEW.EXE's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 8, 2024

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