What is CDStart.exe?

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 CDStart.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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CDStart.exe file information

The process known as cfw_installer for Windows belongs to software Symantec System Center or Start or cfw_installer by Symantec ( or Neue Medien GmbH Ulm or RMS,

Description: CDStart.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The CDStart.exe file is located in C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 4,024,510 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 2,984,421 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. CDStart.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If CDStart.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 14% dangerous. The file size is 417,792 bytes. The program has a visible window. It is not a Windows core file. CDStart.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as CDStart.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the CDStart.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

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Summary: Average user rating of CDStart.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks CDStart.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving CDStart issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with CDStart. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the CDStart.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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