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winword.exe process

i see winword.exe process in task manager even without opening Word application. i am wondering if this is a virus?
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NancyHRA
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CuteadderCommented:
possible

but what else is running?
outlook uses it to write emails... maybe other programs too...

if it is a virus there would be other symptoms too
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have Outlook open and Word closed and there is no Winword.exe process running. Following along the lines of the prior post, I would shutdown, restart, not start Word, not start Outlook and check your processes. If winword.exe is still a process after this, I would be inclined to think malware and check accordingly. ... Thinkpads_User
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oswaldofarithCommented:
You can use the free Security Process Explorer, it shows details of your processes, like the executable path

http://www.glarysoft.com/spe.html

Office 2003 and I think it's predecessors (when configured that way) use Word as text editor, Office 2007 not.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Outlook can be configured not to use Word as the Editor (so it will depend on the user). Outlook 2007 has no such setting, and does use the Word engine for formatting and spell checking whether you want it to or not. I have gotten used to it on my Outlook 2007 machine (from where I posted my finding) and turned the feature off on my Outlook 2003 machine.
... Thinkpads_User
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astralcomputingCommented:
This happens all the time. Outlook opens winword as the default editor but does not correctly close it.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
No. Not true for me or any machine I service. .... Thinkpads_User
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Manoj_aCommented:
Run an MB scan and see if it shows up anything - www.malwarebytes.com
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