What is autostarter.exe?

The genuine autostarter.exe file is a software component of PcClone EX by FNet Co..
PCClone EX is an external hard disk and utility program for creating system backups. Autostarter.exe runs a process that launches PCClone EX at system startup. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. PCClone EX is available either as a 2.5 and 3.5 inch external USB supported hard disk drive. The hard disk supports a hotkey function that creates an instant backup with the press of a button. The software on PCClone EX features the file verification and data integrity checks to mitigate any errors after system backup or recovery. PCClone EX is available for the Windows platform. FNet Co., Ltd. is a Taiwanese company that develops hardware technology for corporate communication networks, data backup and recovery, and data security. The company currently markets their flagship product, PCClone, through their company website. FNet was founded in June 1996 and is currently headquartered in Chia-Yi, Taiwan with offices in Hong Kong and USA.

Autostarter stands for Autostarter CoreTuner

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the autostarter.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Autostarter.exe file information

The process known as Autostart CoreTuner or AutoStarter MFC Application appears to belong to software Ashampoo Core Tuner or AutoStarter Application by FNet Co. ( or Ashampoo Development GmbH & Co. KG ( or Mediaweb.

Description: Autostarter.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Autostarter.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 13,179,660 bytes (96% of all occurrences) or 1,419,328 bytes. 
It is a file with no information about its developer. The file is not a Windows core file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. Autostarter.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If autostarter.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 1,419,328 bytes (61% of all occurrences), 1,420,552 bytes, 27,648 bytes, 428,376 bytes or 13,179,660 bytes. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows core file. The program has no file description. The autostarter.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. The program is not visible. Autostarter.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ Ashampoo Core Tuner.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name autostarter.exe, for example Trojan.Win32.VBKrypt.nsxq (detected by Kaspersky), and Trojan.Generic.12881593 (detected by F-Secure). Therefore, you should check the autostarter.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Okay process tuning program, however not close to most.
installed with Sony external hard drive as a part of the utilities given to back up files.
  Karim GAZZEH  
autostarter.exe startet bei mir einen Prozess, der wiederum den IE11 nach und nach x-Mal als Prozess ohne Fenster startet. Wenn ich den IE Prozess gewaltsam beende (Taskman) dann öffnet er sich immer wieder. Öffne ich später den IE11, meldet der mir, dass vorherige Sitzungen nicht richtig beendet wurden. Klicke ich auf "Wiederherstellen", so will IE11, so oft ich ihn beendet hatte, nach "", einer offensichtlichen Abzockerseite. Woher ich die "autostarter.exe" habe kann ich nicht nachvollziehen. Lösung (bei mir klappt es bisher): die "autostarter.exe" ist im Autostart Folder verlinkt. Einfach rauslöschen und autostarter.exe eliminieren: umbenennen (z.B. (…).axe) oder noch besser: löschen ohne Papierkorb (Shift+Entf). Ach ja: der Pfad der autostarter.exe: C:\Users\(Name)\AppData\Roaming\. Mit (Name) ist der entsprechende User gemeint!
Ist wie beschrieben zu löschen. Wenn sich "Autostarter" weigert, den Task Manager öffnen und den/die offenen autostarter Tasks beenden. Dann lässt sich die "lästige Anwendung" sicher löschen.
Ich kann Meikel nur zustimmen. WEG DAMIT!

Summary: Average user rating of autostarter.exe: based on 4 votes with 5 user comments. One user thinks autostarter.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users suspect danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving autostarter issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with autostarter. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the autostarter.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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