What is FirstStart.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 FirstStart.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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FirstStart.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with FirstStart
FirstStart.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as resident module - First Starter belongs to software OLYMPUS Master by OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP (

Description: FirstStart.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. FirstStart.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 54,672 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 54,576 bytes or 40,960 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The FirstStart.exe file is not a Windows core file. The file is a Verisign signed file. The FirstStart.exe file is digitally signed. Therefore the technical security rating is 3% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to uninstall OLYMPUS Master from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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


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Best practices for resolving FirstStart issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with FirstStart. 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 FirstStart.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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