What is fmstart.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 fmstart.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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Fmstart.exe file information

The process known as GFI FAXmaker Client (version 12) belongs to software GFI FAXmaker Client (version 12) or FAXmaker Client (version 12) by GFi (

Description: Fmstart.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Fmstart.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 56,832 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 49% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with fmstart.exe, you may also do the following:
  • look for help on the website
  • uninstall GFI FAXmaker Client 12 or FAXmaker Client 12 software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7)

Recommended: Identify fmstart.exe related errors

If fmstart.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 55,296 bytes. The process has no file description. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows core file.

External information from Paul Collins:

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

GFI Fax Maker Client, enable printing to Fax Maker printer entry..
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Summary: Average user rating of fmstart.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks fmstart.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving fmstart issues

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